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Weakened Wednesbury curse their luck

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: April 18, 2014

By Ron Jenkins

John Cleaver being tackled

John Cleaver being tackled

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WEDNESBURY 10

BURNTWOOD 16

WEDNESBURY'S game this week against local rivals Burntwood was their last of the season, and as usual their bad luck continues.

Before the start they lost four players from last week's team and then after only ten minutes of the game lost Chris Kinsella with a broken wrist.

The game as usual was very competitive with both sides giving and receiving no quarter, the early exchanges were even, both sides missing penalties.

Burntwood were first on the score sheet with a converted try after fourteen minutes. The home side soon hit back, they were awarded a scrum fifteen metres from the Burntwood line and they drove the visitors backwards over their own line, Kevin Ferris grounding the ball, no conversion.

Wednesbury had the advantage in the pack; their eight were awesome, but Burntwood had the advantage in the lineout. The visitors increased their lead on thirty minutes with a well taken penalty.

The game was only a couple of minutes old when Burntwood were awarded a penalty, whichthey converted. Wednesbury were then awarded a penalty just inside the Burntwood half, Tom Huggins took a quick tap, ran on and played the ball out to his winger and ran on for the return pass to go over for the try, again no conversion.

Wednesbury kept on the pressure but the Burntwood defence was resolute. Wednesbury managed to break through but John McGregor scoring what he thought was a good try was disallowed. Mitch Grealey had numerous runs from the midfield but Burntwood always managed to stop him.

With ten minutes remaining Burntwood were awarded another penalty, they kicked to round off some superb kicking. For the last ten minutes Wednesbury kept Burntwood pegged in their own half but their defence held out, and with no further score Burntwood earned the bragging rights.

Wednesbury rugby club would like to wish Chris Kinsella a speedy recovery, and finally this was the last game for Kevin Ferris who has played for Wednesbury for twenty six years. Kevin has done everything in his playing career, even playing at Twickenham. He said after the match that he had had a fabulous run at Wednesbury and still had intentions to turn out for the seconds occasionally. Good luck to Kevin for the future.

Coach Tom Huggins awarded his man of the match to Mitch Grealey.

Wednesbury Seconds lost away to Burntwood seconds 27 – 0.

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