Rugby: Berkswell suffer more heartache on the road in error strewn clash

Steve Wake reports on more heartache on the road for Berkswell and Balsall in their Midlands West Division 2 encounter at Kidderminster:

Kidderminster (23) – Berkswell & Balsall (8)

It was a third fruitless trip into Worcestershire inside five weeks for Berkswell, as they turned in an error strewn performance. Kidderminster weren’t any great shakes themselves, but had victory handed to them by the visitors. Some very strange decisions from the referee didn’t help either side, but this is one best forgotten by the B’s.

Kidderminster started with a penalty in the first four minutes, but as B’s settled down they found holes in the home defence. A searing break down the right-wing by Phil Allport ended with a brave dive for a try, as he was tackled in the corner, giving Berkswell a slender lead after 11 minutes. The home side were mostly on top however and a long period of territorial dominance saw them camped in the visitor’s half. A second penalty was all they had to show for it though, after 19 minutes, as the B’s defence made several brave and important tackles near their own line.

The home side continued to be camped almost in the Berkswell ‘22’ for what seemed the rest of the half. Every time Berkswell got possession they either spilled the ball or found themselves pinged at the rucks by a referee, who had a different interpretation of the breakdown than the B’s forwards. Their strong and committed defence was the only bright spot of the game, restricting the home side to few clear-cut chances. As the half drew to a close the Kidderminster Outside-half kicked a drop goal to give his side a 9-5 advantage at the turnaround.

The game continued in much the same manner in the second half. A Kidderminster penalty after 52 minutes was cancelled out by one, from Sam Bignall, for Berkswell three minutes later. With only four points separating the sides B’s could have built on the strong first-half defensive performance and perhaps got something from the match, but it was the hosts who finished strongly with a second drop-goal to their No.10 after 73 minutes and a try in injury time, from which the successful conversion, was the final kick of the game.

Scoring Summary
Try: Phil Allport (1)
Penalty: Sam Bignall (1)

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