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Match report: Burntwood RUFC 5 Abercarn RUFC 36

It’s been 20 years since these two clubs used to face each other on a regular home and away basis – both have had their ups and downs in the meantime but the boys from the Newport valleys are clearly on the up again judging by this six try performance against a mixed Burntwood squad.

The visitors almost went ahead in the 10th minute. Attacking the top left corner, the scoring pass back inside was knocked on. Burntwood cleared but conceded a penalty which saw Abercarn move the ball out to the right for a try in the corner.

Adam Slater was an early replacement for hooker Tony Davies who was forced off with a neck injury, testament to the strong Abercarn scrummage. This was further emphasised with a try from a 5 metre scrum after 22 minutes.

With most of the play in home territory, it came as little surprise when the tourists scored their third try near the posts after half an hour. The conversion put the visitors 17 points up.

It became 24-0 just before the break following more pressure at a Burntwood scrum to win possession. The ball was moved left for a try in the centres which was improved by a drop goal conversion.

With the wind at their backs in the second period, the hosts were soon in Abercarn territory. Rob Cartwright drove close to their try line and when the visitors infringed, Jack Neal was close to scoring before Slater’s hands let him down to prevent a morale-boosting score.

Good handling by the visitors took play into the home 22. Ben Holt relieved the pressure with a break from a scrum but at the next scrum Abercarn were in again, this time scoring near the right corner flag.

Close to the hour mark, encouraged by another run and kick ahead by Holt, Burntwood finally broke their duck. Pop Cartwright made good progress on the charge to earn a penalty. Scrum half Ian Jones tapped and darted close to the line. When held up, he popped the ball to prop forward Craig Prosser for a well-deserved try.

The Welsh visitors still had the last word, scoring a late try down the blind side from a maul. An excellent conversion rounded off proceedings and both camps retired to the clubhouse for some typical end of season frivolities.

The only playing action remaining for Burntwood is for the veterans who travel to Old Newtonians on May 12 to defend the trophy they won there last season.

The club’s AGM is on May 16 in the clubhouse starting at 7.30pm. Burntwood is also staging a Party in the (car) Park on June 3 to honour the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. There will be fun for all the family from 2pm to 5pm.

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