Burton travelled up in to the hills to play their 2nd league fixture of the season against Ashbourne, with a squad of only 16 and light on U18 representation (4) It could have been a tricky encounter. However the warn up went well and Burton kicked off into a slight head wind. It took a while for the game to settle down and Burton to work out it was out wide where they could prosper, Jacob R going over for a brace. The 1st half was topped off by a powerful run by skipper Big Ed Robson. Ashbourne replied with 1 of their own after Burton failed to clear the ball from their 22m and paid the price with a score wide out. Half time scores 5 v 19. The 2nd half Ashbourne playing into the wind tightened their game up, with some very good 1 out pick and go rugby which was hard to defend. Ashbourne were next to score and this galvanized Burton. Scrum half young Matt score the best try of the day after stand in hooker Lewis took 1 of several balls against the head, Matt went down the blind side threw a dummy and straightened up to score in the corner just before the cover hit him. Burton kept up the pressure playing a bit more territory and got on the score sheet twice more through Joe Ensor, 1 assisted by an outrageous over the shoulder pass by Flyhalf George. Ashbourne to their credit never gave up and got on the score sheet twice more before the game finished. A good contest and well referred the official letting the game flow. Final score 20 v 36, a big hand to Lewis at hooker who’s striking against the head was exceptional and Joe Ensor who played at 7, 9, 11 & 15 and got on the score sheet twice. The thing I take out of this game was how all the U17 players came of age and finally got to grips with the transition up to U18 Colts with every single one of them putting in a good “confident” shift and playing the brand of rugby Burton colts aim to. Stiffer challenges await but so far so good.