BARTON RUFC recorded a comfortable 24-12 victory at Derby 2nds despite a slow start.
Showing signs of rustiness in their first run-out as the new league season approaches, Barton found themselves seven points down with less than 10 minutes on the clock.
However, straight from the restart Barton played with more structure and commitment and after a period of sustained pressure, Jan Cleary muscled his way over the line to tie the scores.
Barton continued to dominate during the first half but following a penalty five metres out, Derby cleared their lines and a mixture of Barton errors and poor tackling saw them score completely against the run of play to go into the interval 12-7 ahead.
There was little need for Barton's new coach Pete Weedon to give any words of motivation as his players were raring to atone for their errors and a fairly one-sided second half ensued.
Barton added a simple try from David Rowe to mark his first game back as captain, and then moments later another break from Rowe saw Derby illegally kill the ball in the red zone and the referee awarded a penalty try.
Two over-eager tackles saw yellow cards being brandished first to the Derby No 4 and then Barton new boy Jon Drage.
But despite scrummaging a man light in the pack, Barton still dominated in the set piece.
This pressure had Derby on the back foot and a poor clearance attempt was sliced to Jon Shum who ran the ball back, beating a number of defenders before powering over the line for Barton's final score to give them a fine 24-12 victory.