Burntwood RUFC 6 Leek RUFC 10

Burntwood RUFC narrowly missed out in their entertaining top of the table clash with Leek RUFC.

With the elements against them in the first half Burntwood had the better of the opening exchanges and came close to scoring with Matt Bray tackled just short in the corner.

Leek then took a keen hold of the game and their quick rucking style of play put Burntwood on the back foot for the rest of the half.

Continued pressure forced a five metre scrum in the corner which resulted in a try for Leek that was well converted.

Matt Wood failed with a long distance penalty attempt on 15 minutes and with Leek in the zone Burntwood only had another Bray effort, but the Leek defense held strong to deny him.

With Burntwood creaking slightly a penalty deep into injury time made it 0-10 at half time.

A failed Leek penalty attempt on 45 minutes seemed to spur on the home side and the second half was a different story. Burntwood upped their game and Leek started to show frailties and continued to give a series of penalties away and their indiscipline nearly cost them dearly.

Rob Cartwright was introduced with 30 minutes left after a lengthy absence with a shoulder injury.

After Wood just failed with a 35 metre penalty he was given another chance a minute later to make the score 3-10 and set up a grand finale.

Burntwood upped their game in the scrummages and made a few telling runs through Ben Holt, Graham Shelley and Ollie Whitehouse.

With the clock running down Wood kicked a penalty with three minutes to go, but Leek were relieved to finally hear the referee blow the final whistle.

Burntwood gained some valuable experience from the game which they can take into next week’s league fixture away at Moseley Oak (February 20th). Then on the February 27 they travel to Dunlop to play the Senior Vase semi final.

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