NOERFC 28-13 Berkswell & Balsall
Old Eds Win Vital Match
This bottom-of-the-table clash was a ‘must-win’ match for each team and it was the Old Eds who came out on top – with a 4-Try bonus point added to their spoils. Well-attended training sessions were key to the performance as the Eds put their plans into action. Berkswell & Balsall were competitive throughout but will be disappointed by their failure to maintain continuity when in possession. Their influential No10 was key to their game and it was no surprise that he scored their try. For the Eds, this was a great team effort including replacements and coaching staff. Sam Southall
, Eds’ No15 deserves special mention for his kick returns and broken-field running.
Eds enjoyed a perfect start, regaining possession from their kick-off and spinning the ball quickly to No13 Tay Brown
who powered through to score in the right-wing corner with less than 30 seconds on the ref’s watch. No10 Tom Short
ably converted: 7-0.
Berkswell slotted a penalty for a side-entry offence: 7-3. A Berkswell offside saw Short step up to the penalty: 10-3. From the restart No9 Brad Darlaston
executed one of many penetrating kicks to put Eds back on the offensive. However, another Berkswell penalty took the score to 10-6. No6 Brandon Carter
’s charge skittled over his would-be tackler and enabled the Eds’ to move the ball quickly to the right-wing. Despite Berkswell’s frantic defensive efforts the ball was transferred rapidly through the hands of Brown, Carter, and skipper Phil King
for Southall to score: 15-6.
The second half started well for the Eds with an early Short penalty: 18-6. No1 Sean Haberfield
seemed certain to score from a brilliant blindside run only to spill the ball in the tackle. Pressure from the Eds’ pack enabled Carter to take a crash ball to score: 23-6 after 16 minutes. Berkswell ran the ball from their try-line only to be met with No12 Rob Galloway
’s destructive tackle. Soon after came Berkswell’s best moment of the match as their No10 dummied his way through to score under the posts: 23-13.
With ten minutes remaining Berkswell were trapped in their own 22 where a dropped ball was pounced upon by Short who scampered 25 metres for the fourth try – to the jubilation of Eds’ players and supporters.
Final score: 28-13.
The Eds’ will need more points to secure survival in this league. They travel to leaders Droitwich next week and entertain Earlsdon in their final match.
Old Eds First Team: S Haberfield, G Parker, D McAdam, R Singh, J Darlaston, B Carter, P King, R Hatch, B Darlaston, T Short, D Parkinson, R Galloway, T Brown, L Roberts, S Southall.
Subs: G Cartwright, C Fielding, J Holder