BARTON RFC now lead the Staffordshire Sevens competition after the latest round of the summer tournament at Trentham.
The village side were in a tough group made up of Essington, Rugeley and Eccleshall and despite losing to Eccleshall in their second game they still did enough to scrape through to the semis based on points difference of just one point.
The scores of the preliminary rounds were Barton 32, Essington 5; Barton 29, Rugeley A 21; Barton 17, Eccleshall 27.
The semi-finals saw Barton up against a young Colts side representing Stoke RFC, who came top of their group winning all three games and were favourites for the tournament.
However, Barton pulled together their best performance of the summer so far.
Jon Shum was immense in defence and Martin Woolston excellent in attack. The result ended up Barton 29, Stoke 5 – a superb achievement for a side who play well below the city outfit in the Midlands leagues.
The final saw a replay against their old enemy Rugeley, who had beaten Stafford in their semi-final.
Both Barton and Rugeley have been fighting for pole position in the Summer League standings and have proved themselves throughout the tournament against bigger clubs.
Barton were still pumped up from the Stoke game and carried that momentum forward into the final.
Rugeley had no answer to their relentless attacks.
Shum scored an impressive two tries and Woolston also contributed to the score.
Will Simpson was again outstanding in the fly-half position, running play, and Ben Smith produced a good couple of tries to add to the tally.
By half-time, Barton were in control which allowed them to make substitutions and breathe life into the team who were playing in extremely warm conditions.
Shum soon put more points on the board and the last try of the day came from Danny Carlin, who supported Smith right up to the try line, allowing the little Scotsman to place the ball down to claim a try in the final.
Barton now top the Stafforshire Sevens competition with 60 points, with Rugeley chasing up closely with 45 points.
With two more tournaments remaining it promises to be a close finish. The next round is at Cannock on Saturday, July 12.