Rugby Union
Newbold’s hopes hit by defeat

By Jamie Arrowsmith 04/04 Updated: 04/04 12:27

Newbold 19 Berkswell and Balsall 24

Midlands Two West (South)

NEWBOLD maintained second place in the table despite Saturday’s defeat and remain in control of their own destiny as they bid to secure a promotion play-off at the end of the season.

Berkswell started the stronger and showed their intent from the outset when three kickable penalties were shunned in favour of attacking line-outs.

All three attempts came to nothing though as Newbold defended well and a penalty for the home side gave them chance to clear.

The clearance to halfway resulted in a scrum and quick ball found Ed Scott who powered through three defenders to score under the posts, Glen Bond added the extras.

Berkswell’s response was immediate as they moved to Newbold’s line where the home side lost Hyde to the sin-bin when he kicked the ball away. With a man advantage, Berkswell’s shove led to an unconverted try.

Newbold were soon on the back foot again and after three failed drives, Berkswell were rewarded with a penalty try, converted for a 12-7 interval lead.

A bright start to the second half allowed Newbold to draw level when a short throw from a line-out allowed Tom Newbold to cross.

The introduction of Alex Jones helped strengthen Newbold’s scrum but Berkswell were still proving powerful and another good shunt from the visitors led to a converted try and a 19-12 lead.

The following exchanges brought the best spell of the game for the home side but they were unable to turn pressure into points.

Berkswell then went further clear when a huge up and under was caught by Ben Mann but the tackle that followed saw the ball lost forward. The visitors picked up possession and with the referee playing a good advantage, they powered forward and scored an unconverted try.

The final points of the day went Newbold’s way and proved enough to give them a losing bonus point when 17-year-old Richard Sudden came in off the wing to collect from Phil Reed and touch down.

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