08/12/04 – Berkswell & Balsall Rugby Club U17s

Young people jo writes Sunday 24th October
Newbold 13 v BBRFC 19

This week it was difficult to get all players together with it being half term, injuries from last week and players still injured made fielding a side difficult, but we did get a squad of 16 together!

Newbold no Pushover!

We went to Newbold feeling confident and that this would be an easy win for us! Boy were we wrong! Newbold has strength and dedication but just lack experience, which is to be expected as they have only been together 7 weeks.

The first score went on the board in the 7th minute when Newbold were awarded a penalty; Jawad Parsons kicked it earning them 3 points. Bs just never seemed switched on and Newbold played some very good defensive play. Steve Allen went for the posts when Bs were awarded a penalty but was unsuccessful. 25 minutes in to the game Newbold had a player sin binned and then in the 26th minute Alex Dewar of Bs made an impressive run down the wing and leaving himself untouchable went down to earn Bs their first 5 points with Steve Allen converting it.

Eight minutes into the second half a try came from Karl Parker taken from the scrum he made a swift dart to the line managing to pass the winger and scramble over the line for Bs second try of the match but Steve Allen was unable to convert it. Ten minutes later came a second try for Karl Parker as he chipped the ball on the side of his foot, he chased it, Newbold got to it but didn?t manage to keep it and Karl picked it up and scored in the corner (the ref commented at the end of the game what a good try it was), a fantastic conversion came from Steve Allen. Newbold came back in the 68th minute with Karl Whatton scoring and J Robinson converting. A penalty was given to Newbold in the 72nd minute and Newbold?s South African 2nd row kicked it over for 3 points. Bs spectators watched with baited breath as Bs made mistake after mistake in the final minutes of the game, knowing that another try from Newbold would put the score equal. A Bs front row player was sin binned in the 78th minute for repeatedly killing the ball. A huge sigh of relief from the Bs spectators as the full time whistle was blown

Jo Parker”