" Alfie - get out of that Tree"
Burton Vets 39 Barton 2nds 22
Team selected from : Wass, Brown, Wood, Hulland, Samways, Baker, Furner, Ridley, Betteridge, McHardy, Tyres, Bayes, Ashfield, Harrison, Bachelor, Brown P, Miller S, Gibbs, Large, Satchell, Wilton, Neethling, Bullock , Henstock, Williams.
Referee: Tony Mumford
This match coincided with the 3rd BRFC Beer festival well organised again by Gozzer & his team. With so many injuries our centre partnership options were well depleted but with two front row forwards in Rich Wilton & Choppy volunteering for the role supported & guided by Henstock & of course Satch on the wing we knew we had a winning formula.
Before the kick off the club house was in raptures over with one of our players deciding to wear a pair of corduroy shorts for the meet, Satch did state “these are a must “– it also came out later in the evening that Ady Bullock also has a fetish for purple corduroy, however, it was un clear if this was for himself or June – this thread will be picked at later I’m sure.
Another area of banter in the club house was the facial similarity of both Andy Betteridge ( Big Issue) & Rich Tyres supporting that rugged grey hair & rough unkempt beard etc. It was quickly brought to a conclusion that Betteridge must have been sporn by Tyres at some point in his youth.
A member of the crowd during warm up had asked who was playing & why that man was wearing a wet suit, it was confirmed to him it was the Vets that were playing & that man in the wet suit was Tony Williams – it all then became very clear to him.
We loaned Barton a player to even up the numbers & again after a comprehensive warm up along with Rich Tyres shouting at Alfie to “Get out of that tree” we kicked off with the instruction to go out & enjoy it but don’t get isolated. We scored within 5 mins after some good forward work being quickly recycled allowing Henstock under the posts. Another score followed shortly with Choppy taking a pop pass at speed & going through two players.
This seemed to waken up Barton as a big score looked to be on the cards, they quickly came back into the game scoring outwide from a Burton move that went wrong. Conversion also made.
Very quickly the score was 15 – 12 to Burton. Changed were made resting players allowing Furner & Bayes onto the park to increase the size of the Burton pack. For the next 15 – 20 mins the sides were evenly matched & the game swung from either end with both sides looking to through the ball around. Dick Titley as Barton full back was settling in nicely but his kicking options were somewhat limited – it could have helped if he had connected with the ball when trying to clear.
The last 20 mins livened up a bit with the scores increasing for both sides.
Everyone got onto the pitch, Paul Brown had his first taste of front row along side his old man, a welcome back to Dave Gibbs after a few years absence, Craig Millar scored for Barton again, Karl Ashfield’s return was celebrated with a superb try from full back.
Good to see new recruits in Bachelor & Harrison making a positive contribution on the pitch.
The match ended in good spirits & we retired to the bar.
After the match & in the club house we enjoyed the beer festival & some waxing laid on by the U15’s as a tour money raiser. Ralph Furner raised a substantial amount & had his bottom waxed (with under pants still on) . Ralph had a sliding scale of what was being waxed if he raised the amounts required – looking at the jug he quickly had to clarify it was not an accumulative waxing but single body parts only – well done Ralph & good luck on the tour.
Roger Cookson joined us later in the festival after quite a bit had been consumed, initially his excuse for late attendance was that he had been away digging with his parents but later transpired he had been looking after his parents dog at home – an easy error at that time of night.
Another excellent day, not lost on the Croft this year.