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Burton Colts V Dronfield Colts

Burton Colts V Dronfield Colts

By Kevin Abel
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A game of contrasting half's........

The Colt’s game was the curtain-raiser to the 1st team league fixture against Stoke and it was nice to have a decent crowd watching the game. Burton were missing a few regulars and had to switch about players in key positions in the backs to accommodate this, notably at scrum half, full back and the center pairing. The start of the game was slightly delayed due to M1 traffic and we needed to wait for the Dronfield front row and kit. Once underway the Burton side were on it straight away, forwards driving hard the backs distribution very slick, Joe Ensor was first to cross after 5 minutes after some quick hands and straight running, next was Jacob on 15 minutes. The support running lines and off loads were outstanding during the first half and this style lead to 2 more try’s and for Jacob and 1 George all well executed backs try’s. Unfortunately just before half time Burtons in-side center big Ryan had to come off with and injured shoulder and this lead to even more changes in the backs which did mean Burton lost a bit of their shape. Last score of the half went to Dronfield. Half time scores 25 v 5. The 2nd half Burton had a couple of chances to score in the first 5 minutes but they went begging, however after 10 minutes young Callum burst through the mid-field and scored 1 for the forwards under the posts, conversion by Ed. Dronfield started to come into the game a bit more and to their credit scored 3 try’s. The required re-jigging in the Burton backs started to tell a bit as the defensive shape went out of the window, it’s never easy to learn a new position during a game! Final scores 32 v 20 a fair result. A game of contrasting half’s: the first half from Burton all guns blazing barbarians attacking rugby, the 2nd on the back foot somewhat. However under the circumstances and with a squad of just 16 not a bad effort at all. This tee’s up next week’s fixture against unbeaten (I think) Loughbourgh nicely in particular when we have some bigger guns to drop back into the squad having played up in the seniors this week.
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Sat 24, Mar 2018