Burton storm to victory over bottom-placed Kenilworth
Kenilworth’s disappointing Midlands 1 West season continued on Sunday with a 38-0 defeat away to Burton. The result leaves the Glasshouse Lane side at the bottom of the league with just seven points from seven matches.
Burton opened the scoring with seven minutes played when fly half Harry Titley was on hand to dance through the defence after the hosts made a break up the left wing. Dave Archer’s conversion added the extras to give the hosts a 7-0 lead in as many minutes.
Burton were back on the scoreboard just three minutes later with a penalty when Kenilworth were penalised for being offside, before a second try came after 15 minutes. The powerful Burton pack won a scrum against the head before a counter attack took them into the Kenilworth 22 to allow Nick Oxley to cross on the right. Once again, Archer’s conversion was on target and the hosts were 17 points up with less than 20 minutes on the clock.
That lead soon became a 24-point advantage with Burton scoring a third try which was once again the result of a well executed counter attack. Kenilworth had stolen a 5m line out inside their own 22 and had managed to clear their lines, only for Burton’s attack to come straight back at the visitors' defence, with Lewis Brooks crossing for another converted score.
With the first half coming to an end Burton secured the four-try bonus point having staved off a Kenilworth attack inside their own 22. The hosts once again countered to score a try under the posts through Darryl Banton. Archer’s conversion was again on target as Burton went into half time with a 31-0 lead.
The second half was a very different contest, however, with Kenilworth’s defence significantly improving but the visitors were unable to put any points on the board, despite having a number of good attacking opportunities. Although Kenilworth’s attack improved in the final forty they couldn’t quite cross the line, with handling errors proving costly and preventing them from finishing off their attacking moves.
Such was the improvement of Kenilworth’s defence that the Burton side who ran riot in the first half with four tries had to wait until 74 minutes before they breached the visitors’ defence.
Their fifth try of the afternoon came after a 5m scrum for the hosts. The ball was passed infield through the hands for a try which was scored under the posts by Archer, who also went on to convert his own try, to give Burton a 38-0 victory.
The result leaves Kenilworth at the bottom of Midlands 1 West, two points behind this weekend’s opponents Crewe and Nantwich who visit Glasshouse Lane on Saturday.
Photos from this match (to be credited to Wille Whitesmith) can be accessed via: https://williewhitesmith.smugmug.com/Burton-221016/