Fifth consecutive defeat as Kenilworth lose at Burton
Kenilworth's disappointing run of defeats continued on Saturday with a 38-20 loss away to Burton, writes Sophie Freestone.
Kenilworth had the first opportunity to put points on the scoreboard but Josh Hickman's penalty was just wide of the mark.
Burton then began to attack the Kenilworth defence and a clever kick through resulted in a 5m scrum after the ball was allowed to go dead. A strong scrum from the home side allowed number 8 Ed Saunders to touch down for the game's opening try to give Burton a 5-0 lead after eight minutes.
Kenilworth mounted a strong attack in response to Burton's early score and a great run from full back Jamie Mapletoft took them deep into the home side's half, resulting in a successful penalty attempt from Hickman to close the gap to two points with 17 minutes played.
Unfortunately for Kenilworth, that was as close as the visitors came to Burton's score. The home side extended their lead just two minutes after Hickman's penalty with a converted try to give them a 12-3 lead inside the first quarter.
With Kenilworth trailing by nine points, the remainder of the match was put in jeopardy after the referee suffered a painful-looking injury to his leg after 20 minutes. He continued however, and was soon awarding Burton their third try of the afternoon as the half hour mark approached. The conversion was successful to give Burton a strong 19-3 lead.
Kenilworth continued to show their attacking intent with moments of impressive play, including a superb run up the touch line from flanker Mikkel Andresen which took Kenilworth up to the Burton 22. Hickman then closed the gap to 13 points on 31 minutes with a penalty but the visitors could not close the gap further before half time approached.
With the second half underway, Kenilworth once again started brightly, and were rewarded for their efforts after just two minutes. An excellent solo try from Andresen was converted by Hickman to reduce Burton's advantage to just six points with a 19-13 lead.
With the referee still struggling with his injury, Burton increased their advantage after their full back found space on the left, through an overlap, to cross in the corner for their bonus point try. The conversion attempt was successful, with the help of the upright, and Burton had a 26-13 lead with 30 minutes to play.
A fifth try came for the home side with 23 minutes to go, although the conversion was missed, a score which ultimately secured victory for Burton to give them a 31-13 lead.
Kenilworth continued to attack and closed the gap to nine points thanks to a converted try from captain Bobby Thompson, before Burton ended the match with an 80th minute try. The successful conversion was the final act of the match to give the home side a 38-20 victory, condemning Kenilworth to their fifth straight defeat as they dropped to ninth in the league.
Piccies of the game are available at BURTON PICS