Barkers Butts 41 Leamington 12
LEAMINGTON expected a tought test at the Midlands Two West (South) leaders and were not disappointed although they did feel aggrieved at the final scoreline which did not reflect the part they played in an entertaining clash.
Barkers triumphed by taking advantage of the extra pace they had in their back division to counter-attack with devastating results.
Spa immediately showed they were up for the challenge with a well worked try in the opening exchanges.
Danny Ruyssevelt, as busy as ever in the back row, won possession and released Alex Carroll. He found John Raby in support and the fleet-footed winger outstripped the defence to race over.
The home side quickly responded with two tries in quick succession but Spa regained their composure, and put together some excellent rolling mauls, engineered by Maxwell, Phillips and Eastham in the front row.
Craig Smith, back in his regular role in the second row, produced some robust hits and Mike Kelly gave him good support with another hard-working display.
Leamington got back into the game with another excellent score.
Simon Harry claimed good line-out ball and pressure from the visitors earned a scrum.
No 8 Kieran Martin carefully walked the ball forward before wizard scrum-half “Patch” Northover darted under the covering defence to claim a fine try which he superby converted from wide out.
Just before the break, Barkers hit back with another converted score to edge 19-12 ahead at half time.
The first half had been keenly contested and both sides had provided some excellent footballing skills.
However, Spa had found it difficult, at times, to contend with the overall pace of the home side and this point became exacerbated in the second half.
There was no lack of commitment from the visitors with Si Harry and Smith fronting up to the home forwards while Northover, as ever, tackled like a demon.
Regretfully, none of these efforts could prevent another break in the middle of the park that allowed Barkers a converted score.
They went further ahead by slotting over a penalty and in the closing stages, with Spa down to 14 men following injury, Barkers nipped in for two further tries, one of which was converted.
Spa visit Berkswell & Balsall this Saturday.
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