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Burntwood RUFC beaten on the road at fellow high-fliers Ludlow

The 31-10 scoreline Burntwood RUFC were on the receiving end of was not a fair reflection of the even nature of the contest, but Ludlow proved more clinical in taking their chances to go back to the top of the league.

They were ahead as early as the second minute when their potent back division moved the ball well for a try scored towards the right corner. The successful conversion attempt made it a seven pointer.

Burntwood responded well through their set piece play which earned a penalty following a good drive on a Ludlow scrum but Aza Dunet’s kick at goal drifted left of the target.

The hosts extended their lead with a penalty goal of their own after winning turnover possession which their backs took into the visitors’ 22.

To make matters worse, scrum half Ian Jones was forced off the field with a leg injury which led to a re-shuffle and then the restart kick went straight into touch – and all this in the opening ten minutes.

However, they worked their way into the match via good phase play which provided Dunet with another penalty attempt and this time it was successful after 17 minutes.

A tussle in midfield followed until the half hour mark when Ludlow broke away from a line out on halfway. It took a superb tackle by Billy Fisher to prevent a try and then good defence by the rest of his side eventually forced a knock-on.

Another Fisher tackle two minutes from the break kept the score at 10-3 at half time.

Just like the first half, Ludlow began the second period with a converted try. Line out possession was moved wide for a centre to squeeze through a gap and run in from 20 metres.

Sean Latham’s side hit back almost immediately. From a penalty award, Ben Holt put his side in great position near the right corner. The line out was won and after a couple of phases Holt received possession. He darted back right and worked a dummy switch for an excellent individual try by the posts. Dunet added the conversion and it was a seven point game again with half an hour to go.

Ludlow went through the phases to increase their lead after 52 minutes. The No. 8 had threatened once already but given a second chance he forced his way over for a converted try.

Two minutes later and Ludlow were out of sight. They took possession from a turnover tackle and their backs were away for a try in the left corner which was converted.

In the final quarter Burntwood had opportunities to salvage a losing bonus point. First, they lost their own line out ball close to the right corner. Then a great attack by the backs ended when a low pass was grounded.

Another penalty award was kicked to the corner with 12 minutes left but again there was no joy. A knock-on ended another attack before Lloyd Dunet tested the home defence. It ended with a yellow card for the home side and another kick to the corner. Yet again it proved unproductive and play was confined to midfield until the final whistle.

Burntwood’s disappointment was eased a little when news of Cleobury Mortimer’s loss at Edwardians came through. It means that with three games to go Burntwood are still in the promotion chase.

They host Telford Hornets this Saturday – kick off 3pm. The match is preceded by a Patron’s Lunch starting at 12.30pm. The 2nd XV are away to Tamworth 2nds.

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