Rugby: Berkswell edged out by Pershore

Steve Wake reports on Berkswell’s Midlands West Division 2 (South) encounter just over a week ago at Pershore on Saturday 25th February 2012:


Pershore – 19     Berkswell & Balsall – 18


Berkswell somehow contrived to dominate the first hour of this trip to Pershore, before throwing it away in the final quarter, as they allowed Pershore to overhaul a previously unanswered 18 point lead with three late tries to win by one point.  Disaster might still have been averted, but for a kickable missed penalty in the last minute.  This was a game where both sets of backs played some flowing, expansive rugby, with Pershore edging the try-count by three to two.


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Berkswell & Balsall Rugby Football Club


Berkswell & Balsall Rugby Football Club (BBRFC) was founded in 1981 by Les and Steve Edwards. The club progressed from modest beginnings borrowing space at the Heart of England School, to fielding three regular senior sides, as well as an occasional Veterans side.


The senior 1st team squad has been climbing the leagues at a steady pace and began the 2012/13 season in The Midlands West Division One, a particularly good standard of semi-professional rugby.


The club also has a thriving youth section and vibrant social scene and has earned a fine reputation not only for the standard of rugby they play, but also for the quality of their social events, which they open up to the wider community.


For anybody interested in playing or coaching with the club contact Club Secretary Lesley Fahy:


Tel: 07881 942616


Web: Berkswell & Balsall Rugby Club




Rugby: Berkswell go down after enforced 3 week break

Steve Wake reports on Berkswell’s difficult Midlands West 2 (South) trip to Droitwich on 18th February 2012:


Droitwich – 35     Berkswell & Balsall – 10    


Berkswell were caught cold on their trip to Droitwich following an unwanted three week enforced break, due to recent freezing conditions, Berkswell. Coupled with the challenge of having to field a weakened side, with six regulars injured or unavailable, B’s held an impressive home side for most of the first half, before suffering a comprehensive defeat. Droitwich made good use of significant possession and territory throughout the second-half to score twenty unanswered points. Inexperience and injury no doubt contributed to this defeat – influential flanker Joe Cart went off at halftime – as did the usually dominant front eight who were unable to impose themselves.


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Rugby: Berkswell resume weekly battle to claw back deducted points

Berkswell returned to league action this weekend after qualifying for the semi finals of the Warwickshire Cup the weekend before. Steve Wake reports on another success in Berkswell’s battle to overcome the handicap of a 15 point deduction from their 2011/12 league campaign, a punishment meted out by the league for a pitch battle that errupted during a home game last season.

Midlands West Division 2 (South)
Berkswell & Balsall – 19 Banbury – 8

An opening try from Berkswell’s flying winger Phil Allport and two penalty-tries were enough to give the Bs victory, but not enough for an additional league bonus point. Berkswell found their performance a little flat throughout the game, as they came up against a Banbury side who had obviously improved since their previous meeting in October. Neither side could be accused of a lack of effort shortage of effort, but handling errors and poor ball retention left any concerted pressure in the opposition half lacking.

Despite overall dominance in the first half Berkswell turned around at the break only nine points ahead. Banbury came back stronger after the break without putting the result in any great doubt, although Berkswell did have some nervous second half moments.
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