Burton 24 Broadstreet 30, October 9th
Broadstreet travelled to Burton RFC this week whilst The Crofters celebrated their 140th anniversary, with a number of changes to last week’s winning side. Ed Simkiss comes back into the fold with Nick Pratt away on holiday, Gary Challis returns to the club’s 1st XV after spells training with Coventry, benching for Rugby Lions and playing for Broadstreet 2nds, he replaces Jordan Simpson who suffered an injury in the last game. Brett Chatwin is back on the right wing after struggling for 2 weeks with illness whilst Tom Stokes drops to fullback covering for Andy Tee who is away watching Gloucester in Europe. On a serious note we have lost Carl Southwell who was last seen skipping down the bypass after his double try heroics, if you have seen him please return him to the club, in the mean time Ciaran Price makes his debut at hooker.
Broadstreet flew out of the starting blocks in the opening minutes earning two penalties close to the Burton RFC line which they elected to kick to the corner rather than take the easy 3 points. Whilst the 1st attempt was disrupted by the Burton RFC defence the 2nd produced clean ball for the backs to attempt a strike move, Cam Pimlow switching the ball into the path of Brett Chatwin charging in from the blind-side wing. Unfortunately this move was read excellently by the Burton rugby club defence who put in a big double hit on the winger, fortunately this didn’t deter Chatwin who kept the legs pumping, powering through the two initial tacklers as well as the fullback guarding the line, slamming the ball down with 3 people left in his wake. Cam Pimlow missed the simple conversion in front of the posts 0-5
The loud crowd of Peel Croft, which is fast becoming a fortress for Burton rugby club, spurred on their team after Broadstreet’s quick scoring start. The Burton RFC pack dominated the next 20 minutes supplemented by the powerful runs of centre Dutton, their physical rumbles forward pressured Street back into their own 22. Scrumhalf Jon Evans took advantage of this and whilst the Broadstreet defence was waiting for the next wave of runners, he snook round the side of a ruck and through onto the Street fullback. A clever inside pass to supporting Loose-head Neethling allowed him a panicked gallop from the Broadstreet 22 metre line to score. Conversion by winger Archer on 18 mins 7-5
Broadstreet retaliated quickly when last week’s MoM Matty Fielder collected a poor clearance kick and returned it in field, dodging a number of tackles before being brought down close to the Burton 22. Broadstreet switched the ball back to the wing Fielder had just vacated to find blindside Mukarati ready to burst through a number of tackles and bring the Street attack right up to the Burton line. The quick ensuing ruck fed ‘Street Loose-head Ben Dawes and he crashed over the line to cancel out his opposite numbers try, though from a much more comfortable distance of 2 metres rather than 22. Cam Pimlow missed Conversion 7-10
Winger Archer levelled the score on 26 minutes with an impressive 45 metre penalty, ‘Street fly-half Pimlow added his first kick of the day with a penalty of his own 3 minutes later. Shortly after Nick Thatcher pounced on a loose ball deep in his own half and stretched away from his would be tacklers with a quick burst that seemed likely to take him all the way to the Burton posts, however winger Dave Archer showed blistering pace to catch the break making up 10 metres and dragging Thatcher down near the Burton 22. 10-13
Broadstreet mounted a number of phases which sucked in the Burton defence after Thatch’s break, two miss passes from Pimlow and Challis created space for Brett Chatwin who ghosted round the outside of opposite number Dan Smith and cut inside the two covering tackles to score his second of the half. Pimlow slotted the conversion to put Broadstreet 20-10 ahead at halftime. An interesting moment occured just before the half-time whistle when prop Dawes put in a cross field kick in the general direction of Matty Fielder, the smallest man on the pitch. The ball was caught by Fielder’s average sized opposite number and Dawes was instantly put in contention for DotD.
Dawes was sin-binned shortly after the restart for obstructing the kicker from chasing his own kick, this certainly fely very harsh for the ‘Street supporters and Dawes who is entitled to hold his ground, the Burton crowd however felt justice was done. Archer missed the resulting penalty. Burton scored their second of the match on 49 minutes when fly-half Gilmour floated through the line around the sides of the ruck and utilised the 2 on 1, feeding centre Harry Titley for the try. Conversion by Archer 17-20
Pimlow scored a penalty with 20 minutes to go but missed another 5 minutes later, to put the score at 17-23 with an uneasy quarter of an hour left for the visitors. Burton then set the Peel Croft crowd off with a try from fullback Philliskirk, who dissected the ‘Street defensive line and touched down untouched beneath the posts off 1st phase ball. At 24-23 Burton took the lead for the 1st time in the match when Archer slotted the conversion and with a strong finish exhibited in past matches the Peel Croft crowd could be forgiven for thinking that it was going to be another home victory.
However, Burton spent the final 10 minutes playing a different game to the previous 70, Broadstreet began using their faster backs and creating spaces which should have seen Chatwin score a couple more had the final pass made it to him. However it was Nick Thatcher who proved the catalyst for the final try, breaking up the blind from his own half he was once more caught in the opponents 22, however rather than sending quick ball wide which would have mirrored the try in the 1st half, the ball was kept tight with the ‘Street forwards. Despite trying their best to butcher the opportunity, and with the ‘Street backline pulling their hair out over the 6-8 man overlap they had in front of them, the forwards kept plugging away close to the ruck which eventually produced a try for Ed Simkiss on 72 minutes. Pimlow slotted the conversion to secure both the bonus point and a 6 point lead 24-30
‘Street hoped to finish off the rest of the match comfortably but they were slightly undone by a mystery yellow card produced by referee to Nigel Mukarati which further added pressure, but fortunately had no effect on the result.
‘Street didn’t play well but they managed a good 4-try-bonus-point win at Peel Croft, which I believe most other teams will not be able to acheive. With Kenilworth registering their first win of the season next week’s big local derby against K’s is sure to be a thriller.
Brett Chatwin, 4 tries in only his second start of the season
Self nominated for his crossfield Ben Dawes for the second week running