Walsall Sunk by Counter Attacks
Barkers Butts 27 Walsall 20
Walsall’s end of season slump in form continued as they lost their third successive league game. It was another performance that had several promising aspects with the team keen to mark Rod Dickson’s three hundredth appearance in a suitable fashion. Unfortunately, the team struggled to improve on recent displays and,yet again, they were guilty of losing possession rather too easily. They also found themselves facing a team that were quick to take advantage of any opportunity. The hosts showed a real urgency in their play and were keen to get the win that would maintain their league status. The Coventry based team led 10 – 0 in as many minutes. Wingers Palmer and Barber were put clear from sixty meters as a result of Walsall spilling possession. Walsall continued to push forward at every opportunity and were rewarded by a try for Crowhurst. The young centre collecting a well-placed kick by fly half Wood. Weston put over the conversion and added a penalty just before half time. But the hosts had already increased their lead by then, as Palmer’s seventy meter kick and chase resulted in another touchdown.
The visitors made a good start to the second half. An effective forward drive and some good passing put Wootton over near the corner flag. Indeed, the team were beginning to monopolise possession and were putting together several promising attacks. But, once again, the decision making was questionable and passes were not accurate. Barkers collected one loose ball with the sixty meter counter attack resulting in Tidsley scoring. The centre then added another try in the closing minutes which Knight converted. But winger Richard Fearnhead finished off well to get the final score of the game and secure a losing bonus point for his team.