Telford Hornets RUFC 19 Burntwood RUFC 24

Burntwood RUFC recorded their 12th win of this league campaign and passed the 400 point mark away to lowly Telford.

A win in their last game away to Bishop’s Castle this Saturday (April 24) would see them finish fourth in the table and set them up for their Staffs Intermediate Cup Final against Wednesbury a fortnight later.

It was another patchy performance by Graham Shelley’s men. They were not at the races in the first quarter but they hit form in the 20 minutes either side of half time to take the win.

The hosts scored in their first attack, going through several phases to score a converted try under the posts. Burntwood’s chances of early points were via the boots of Matt Wood and Craig Seedhouse but the lack of a kicking tee caused all four attempts between them to miss the target.

However, Ollie Whitehouse provided his side with inspiration, as he has done so often this season. He caught the opposition off guard with a quickly taken tap penalty and went in under the posts from the 22. Wood converted.

Wood added the next try which was well-worked by the forwards who did the spade work for the outside half to have an easy run in. With the kicking problems now sorted out, he converted his own try and went on to add a penalty before the break to make it 17-7.

Telford showed they weren’t finished early in the second period by scoring a try following a series of pick-and-go driving mauls.

Burntwood stayed on top with a try from lock forward Ian Mapp following a catch and drive from a line out. Wood completed his side’s points’ tally with the conversion.

Telford had the last word with a converted try but it was not enough to deny the visitors.

Burntwood’s trip to Bishop’s Castle and Onny Valley is the only scheduled senior fixture this Saturday.

The Burntwood RUFC Annual Players’ Dinner and Awards Evening is being held on May 14 at their Sportsway clubhouse. Tickets are £20 and can be obtained from the bar staff and officials.

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