Rugby Union
Newbold lose ground after defeat

By Jamie Arrowsmith 14/03 Updated: 14/03 12:21

Newbold 15 Barkers Butts 36

Midlands Two West (South)

NEWBOLD fell to fourth place in the table following their defeat against leaders Barkers Butts on Saturday in a contest that was closer than the final scoreline suggests.

The visitors took the early initiative with a penalty and unconverted try giving them an 8-0 advantage but Newbold responded instantly when quick ball to Lloyd Warner allowed him to feed Phil Reed to cut inside and score under the posts. Warner added the extra two points.

Silly penalties proved costly for Newbold and they conceded two in quick succession to firstly allow the visitors to clear their lines before the second gave them a kick at goal which was gratefully accepted.

Danny Facer then came to Newbold’ rescue with a superb challenge after chasing back to prevent a try after Barkers Butts gained possession and charged for the line.

Newbold closed the gap to a point at the start of the second half when Phil Reed kicked a drop goal after the hosts stole line-out ball.

A simple converted try straight from the restart put the leaders in control again but once more Newbold replied quickly.

Facer made good ground and found Treharne in support who fed Ben Mann who, coming into the line at pace, forced his way over for an unconverted score.

The game was there for both sides to win at this stage but Barkers eased clear as the half wore on with a converted try giving them a ten-point cushion before they completed the scoring with a penalty, unconverted try and a drop goal.

In the middle of that scoring spree Newbold thought they had registered another try when James Ferriss fed Reed to dive over but the referee deemed the ball had gone forward.

Barkers were worthy winners but there moments in the game where Newbold had opportunities to take control. Ultimately they paid the price for lapses in concentration and the concession of an abundance of penalties.

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