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New Milton RUFC Veterans 17 Burntwood RUFC Veterans 12

Burntwood RUFC Veterans travelled to Hampshire to play New Milton in the Norman Trophy.

The trophy is named after Norman Cracknell who was a past Chairman and Treasurer of Burntwood who then moved to the south coast to become Chairman and President of New Milton. He passed away early last year and this match was the first in what will hopefully become an annual event.

The sporting contest played in good spirit between 2 vets teams was decided by a last minute try. It went to the hosts and so they took the trophy 17-12.

New Milton opened the scoring after 21 minutes. They turned over Burntwood possession from a line out to release their swift right winger for a run-in from halfway.

Burntwood had already lost John Bayliss to a leg injury but his replacement Craig Addy levelled the scores 2 minutes later. He got away down the right wing after a solid tackle by Chris Black had won possession.

Right on half time Adrian Steele almost finished off the best move of the game featuring Ade Davison, Addy and Mark Fisher but the winger fell just short of the line.

Eleven minutes into the second half New Milton turned a Burntwood scrum to win the put-in. They moved the ball both sides before finding a gap to run in from the 22 for a converted try.

Burntwood hit back with a good attack after 66 minutes. Mark Willson and fellow Scotsman Gordy McDonald made good ground to earn a scrum in home territory. Addy received possession, chipped over the top and re-gathered to score a try which he also converted.

In the last minute, Burntwood were pressing again but a chip through was returned with interest to the visitors’ five metre line. They took the line out but lost control of the ball allowing the hosts to touch down and win the trophy.

Both sides retired to the clubhouse to honour the occasion in a manner which Norman would have approved of.

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