Perfect Start to 2018/2019 Season
Trip to the coast saw Barns Green start the new season with an away win.
Barns Green opened their campaign with a hard-fought win away at Shoreham.
On arrival the visitors were greeted with a decent surface and overheads that would encourage open running rugby.
Shoreham kicked off and were soon in the ascendancy after the visitors failed to deal with the restart. The hosts built through a number of phases forcing BG to concede a penalty, unfortunately for the hosts this was taken in front of the official and from the resulting scrum the visitors cleared their lines.
BG now managed to take their foothold in the game and were able to capitalise on the errors of the home side. In quick succession the BG pack mauled their way over from short distance. Conway finding his lineout target impressively on both occasions and collected a brace as his teammates drove him over the line. With Hoyte adding the extras to one try with an excellent touchline conversion the visitors found themselves in a well-deserved 12-0 lead.
Barns Green really ought to have pressed home their advantage at this point, however they were guilty of some unforced errors that saw attacking opportunities squandered with some indifferent decision making.
It was from a midfield error that the hosts were able to get back into the game, counter attacking down they right flank before recycling quickly to score a converted try in the opposite corner to reduce the score to 12-7 at the break.
The second half started with both sides freshening up their packs by bringing on their bench. Mike Mann made one of his trade mark surges upfield. As play developed Shoreham were caught offside, BG refusing the simple 3 points in search of another score. Frustratingly the lineout was adjudged not straight, and the hosts cleared their lines.
As the game developed Shorehams confidence grew and their forward power game increasingly saw them get over the gain line. If the first half saw scrum parity the second belonged to the hosts as they started to implement their game plan.
A score in the left-hand corner drew the game level after 55 minutes and it was probably the hosts who looked the more likely to come away with the win.
Hoyte hit the top left hand upright from a long-range penalty and Shoreham were also wide with a similar effort as an arm wrestle ensued in between the twenty twos as neither side could find that bit of quality to take control of the game.
Sprigge & Adams in particular, were getting through a huge amount of work in defence as they repelled a number of Shoreham surges.
Barns Green added Conway back into the game and his impact was immediate, he finding Bouet at the tail of a shortened lineout. Quick ball was released to Hoyte who sliced through the home defence with an arching run that saw him round the full back to dot down under the posts for a wonderful solo effort.
With his conversion successful Barns Green had the cushion of a 7-point lead and although BG had an opportunity to deny the hosts a losing bonus point with an unsuccessful penalty the fact they didn't was probably a fair reflection of the game.
For both sides this game was often void of continuity and the number of unforced errors from both sides would have had both coaches frustrated.
Barns green were far from their best and only On a few occasions did they show what they were capable of. With a number of players to return and competition for places likely to drive performance BG will be looking for a better performance when they next take the field.
Conway x 2
Hoyte x 2
Final score Shoreham 12 Barns Green 19.