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Barton Rugby Club future is bright says club chairman Dick Titley

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 14, 2014

LAST HURRAH . . . a triumphant Barton leave the field after completing their Midlands Four West (South) campaign with a 31-24 victory over Stoke Old Boys

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BARTON brought the curtain down on their 2013/14 season with victory at Stoke Old Boys.

Tries from Jon Shum, Matt Knight (two) and Will Simpson helped the visitors claim a 31-24 away success at lowly Stoke Old Boys.

Barton skipper Matt Bird successfully kicked all four conversions and also added a penalty.

The result sealed third in Midlands Four West (South). It could have been even better for the Holland Sport Club outfit, whose season was disrupted by a series of late call-offs from opposition teams.

However, chairman Dick Titley reckons third place was an outstanding achievement for a side who finished bottom of the league the season before.

“It would have been great to go up to the next level,” said Titley. “But that’s a big jump.

“You need at least two and probably three teams in the club to support regular rugby at that level.

“We have two teams. Hopefully we’ll have more regular rugby next season.

“Probably, another season in this league will do us a big favour.

“We were bottom last season, and only league restructuring saved us from going down.

“So to then come third is a big thing – we are really chuffed.”

The chairman hopes new players will be attracted to the club over the summer as Barton look to make that next step.

“The future is looking brilliant, absolutely brilliant.

“We have established a really good structure here. There’s regular training on Tuesdays and Thursday.”

Titley also reckons the manner of Saturday’s victory bodes well for next season.

He said: “It was a great day, a great game. The lads played extremely well.

“The opposition probably played the best they played all season.

“It was their last home game. They were out to impress and it showed.

Simpson, Knight and Lee Cotton all stood out according to the chairman.

“We had a bit of a lapse before and after half-time,” said Titley. “They came back at us a bit. It was an excellent game against strong opposition

“But we pulled ahead again. We dominated – though it would probably be a bit unfair to say we dominated the whole game.

“We’ve got the sevens and touch rugby over the summer now. Hopefully we can use that to help bring in some more players.

“There are a lot of young players around in the village, ex-John Taylor pupils who are back from university who we want to attract to the club.”

BARTON Rugby Club are on the lookout for a new coach.

Current coach Lee Cotton will step down after the Owen Cup final due to work commitments.

Barton chairman Dick Titley says the Holland Sport Club outfit is looking to attract someone qualified to Level Two standard.

“Maybe it could be someone who wants to use as to then get their Level Three qualification,” said Titley.

“We’ve good facilities now, with two pitches and floodlights plus the mini junior section. We should be an attractive proposition for a coach and are a club on the way up.”

Those interested in applying for the role are asked to contact the club via www.pitchero.com/clubs/bartonunderneedwood.

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