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1st XV - Match centre

Barkers Butts
Nuneaton Old Edwardians
Full time
G Parker (3), P Levin
T Short
Sat 24 Mar 15:00 - Midlands Division - Midlands 2 West (South)

Barkers Butts 23 Nuneaton Old Eds 22

A TOWERING penalty from way out in the sixth minute of extra time was a sickening injustice for a gallant Eds side as they lost by a single point.

Add in the fact that fellow-strugglers Berkswell & Balsall and Southam both had unlikely win against teams way higher in the table, then this dramatic finale was so much harsher for Eds.
Three tries from Eds hooker George Parker might normally have been enough to win a game but on a day when Eds lost No.8 Tom Hill to a red card after taking a man out in the air and winger Tay Brown to a yellow for a tip-tackle, this was a game battling in which Eds deserved better.
The few remaining games now present a massive challenge to Eds in their fight to avoid the drop.
Eds began by giving away a flurry of penalties and Barkers went 3-0 from one of them.
After 10 minutes to home side were 10-0 ahead with a converted try and it looked like Eds were in for a torrid afternoon.
They had other ideas and on 16 minutes Parker grabbed an opportunist try in the corner and on the half-hour second-row Paul Levin battled over wide out and Eds were level.
Now Brown was yellow-carded and Barkers took the penalty to go ahead 13-10.
Hill could have few complaints about his red. There was no hint of malice in the mid-air challenge on his opposite number but the referee had no choice but to dismiss him.
After half-time Eds rallied and from a line-out close in Eds drove over for Parker's second score. A towering Tom Short conversion took Eds 17-13 up.
Barkers came back with a try in the corner and their fly-half converted - 20-17 to the Coventry side.
The tension among visiting fans reached fever-point as the minutes ebbed away - especially after Parker completed his trio from another pushover - 22-20 to Eds and everything to hang on for.
It was not to be. Eds were penalised way out from their line and up stepped the Barkers No.10. His kick flew high and straight and visiting hearts sank as the whistle sounded.

Nuneaton Old Eds: Sean Haberfield, George Parker, David McAdam, Paul Levin, Ryan Singh, Jack Darlaston, Phil King, Tom Hill, Brad Darlaston, Tom Short, Daniel Elkerton, Craig Jones, Tay Brown and Sam Southall. Replacements: Gareth Cartwright, Duncan Parkinson and Barrie Jones.

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Key moments

1:00
Try George Parker scores for Nuneaton Old Edwardians
2:00
Try Paul Levin scores for Nuneaton Old Edwardians
3:00
Try George Parker scores for Nuneaton Old Edwardians
4:00
Conversion Tom Short kicks a conversion for Nuneaton Old Edwardians
5:00
Try George Parker scores for Nuneaton Old Edwardians

Highlights

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5:00 Try 0 - 22
George Parker scores for Nuneaton Old Edwardians
4:00 Conversion 0 - 17
Tom Short kicks a conversion for Nuneaton Old Edwardians
3:00 Try 0 - 15
George Parker scores for Nuneaton Old Edwardians
2:00 Try 0 - 10
Paul Levin scores for Nuneaton Old Edwardians
1:00 Try 0 - 5
George Parker scores for Nuneaton Old Edwardians
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  • Barkers Butts
  • Nuneaton Old Edwardians
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  • George Parker Try 1:00'
  • Paul Levin Try 2:00'
  • George Parker Try 3:00'
  • Tom Short Conversion 4:00'
  • George Parker Try 5:00'

Team selection

Southall, Sam Southall, Sam
Galloway, Rob Galloway, Rob
Brown, Tay Brown, Tay
Jones, Craig Jones, Craig
Elkerton, Daniel Elkerton, Daniel
Short, Tom Short, Tom
Darlaston, Brad Darlaston, Brad
Hill, Tom Hill, Tom
King, Phil King, Phil
Darlaston, Jack Darlaston, Jack
Singh, Ryan Singh, Ryan
Levin, Paul Levin, Paul
McAdam, David McAdam, David
Parker, George Parker, George
Haberfield, Sean Haberfield, Sean

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
6. Evesham 22 53
7. Silhillians 22 53
8. Leamington 22 52
9. Nuneaton Old Edwardians 22 45
10. Southam 22 44
11. Berkswell & Balsall 22 40
12. Old Yardleians 22 -4

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