58-0 Win Secures Harbury Promotion

Midlands 4 West (South)

Last Updated: Mar 25, 2014 09:55pm
Harbury, Stratford-on-Avon
By Jerry Birkbeck
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Harbury 58 - 0 Barton Under Needwood 


Harbury produced probably their best performance of the season with a comprehensive destruction of fourth placed Barton, who had defeated them earlier in the season.

The result not only put the visitors out of the running for promotion but with Redditch's defeat of Atherstone ensured that both Harbury and Woodrush are promoted.

Harbury were well aware of the threat that Barton could bring particularly through their sharp backline. They took advantage of a strong wind and took the game to the visitors. Harbury's total dominance in set play and at the breakdown provided an uncomfortable first half for the visitors.

The pack drove Barton back at a set scrum after just five minutes of play and were unlucky not to score. This was quickly resolved as GAZ EVANS took a sharp pass and crossed for a try after eight minutes. Quick thinking by flanker CHRIS MILBURN saw him finish off some excellent work by the pack. Outside half RUSS CLARKE adding the conversion. The superb display by the forwards provided quality ball for the backs and wing RICKY ALFORD cut through to score  a third try - and all this in the opening quarter. Another excellent line out steal saw MiLBURN adding his second try, converted by CLARKE  for the fourth try and bonus point after just 30 minutes of play. EVANS too added to his tally with a further forward try to put his side 29-0 ahead at the break.

Barton may have thought that with the wind in their favour they could stage a come back. Harbury though had other ideas and used their rampant forwards to provide excellent ball for the three quarters and excellent offloading proved to be just too much for the oppositiion.  A classic backs move with the ball moved wuickly to right wing MARK ANDERSON enabled him to use is pace to go round the cover and score. Centre STEVE ALFORD took an excellent offload from the backrow and chose a fine line to score beneath the posts. CLARKE added the conversion. ROB SHUTTLEWORTH showed pace and clever footwork to add a fine individual try. This was added to through another excellent try from ANDY SANDFORD  converted by CLARKE.

Barton tried to rally their game in the dying minutes but superb defence typified by man of the match SHANE DUNNE, who showed great form following his gradual rehabiliation, prevented this and left the visitors scoreless. An outstanding and thoroughly deserved victory which takes Harbury level with Woodrush on league points. Harbury though will rue not preventing Woodrush a try bonus point as they both enter the final two matches of the season.Whilst both sides need to win their remaining matches should they remain on the same number of league points then Woodrush's superior points for and against difference is so significant that there is absolutely no likelihood of them being overhauled for the championship unless of course Harbury gain maximum points from both games and Woodrush fail to gain a bonus point in their games - which with their present momentum is unlikely.



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