A cuple of extra players may well have seen Burton win this close fought battle
After recording a fantastic victory at Bournville in their last game it was somewhat surprising that Burton ‘A’ XV could barely scrape together a bare fifteen players for their journey to Broadstreet and who knows perhaps two or three replacements may have produced a better result. But despite the constraint on playing numbers a great show from Burton saw them only defeated 22-17 as they gave their hosts a tough battle.
From the kick-off Burton stormed forward and put the opposition defence under enormous pressure, but the home side defended solidly and after fifteen minutes in the home twenty-two all Burton had to show was a solitary Will Peach penalty goal.
Burton managed to hang onto this lead until just before halftime when Broadstreet broke clear and raced up field for their winger to get a converted try and put his side 7-3 in the lead. Worse was to follow as from the restart Broadstreet’s pack stormed forward and set up good ball for the scrumhalf who broke blind to feed his flanker who scrambled over for his side’s second converted try.
So at the break Burton trailed 14-3 but from the kick-off big Stu Hutton used his tremendous power and size to storm through the home defence and score. The reliable Peach added the extra points so that after only five minutes of the second period Burton had pulled the deficit back to just four points at 14-10.
Burton forwards led by the examples of James Hamiltom, Jason Knight and George Wright tore into the home side but unfortunately conceded one too many penalties and the successful conversion of one of these saw the hosts extend their lead to 17-10.
But Burton had no intention of giving up and after some great work by the pack a great ruck saw scrumhalf Danny Campbell completely outwit his opposite number with a great break that saw him race forty metres for a score under the posts. Peach slotted over the conversion and Burton was now back on level terms with fifteen minutes remaining.
Unfortunately, the lack of fresh legs was now beginning to show for Burton as the home side replaced players and this new impetus saw them move the ball about and one move saw it spun out wide for an unconverted try in the corner.
The game ended with Burton losing 22-17, but as the far from despondent Burton players knew they were very unlucky and perhaps a couple more players would have saved the day.