BURTON Bucks hammered Burntwood under-17s 23-5 in their final fixture to secure second place in the Staffordshire County League – and a favourable play-off draw.
The hosts mounted the early pressure at a windy Burntwood.
A rolling maul took play to within Burton’s 22, sucking in the whole pack.
The visiting defence were put under severe pressure and a series of infringements failed the help the cause – but the try-line held firm.
After coming through a tough opening 10 minutes Burton finally crossed the halfway line and mounted an attack of their own.
Lewis Sturgess produced a bombing run through the centre, before off-loading to Jon Jarrett-Broberg.
An infringement gave the Crofters a penalty before Cameron Handy dived for the line – and came up just short.
A quick tap and go followed. Curtis Marshall received five metres out and side-stepped his defender to dive over and open the scoring. Sam Valentine kicked the extras.
Burton got back on the attack when Valentine managed to charge down a clearance kick.
Lewis Mason was on hand to collect the loose ball and raced in from 30 metres out to touch down under the posts. Valentine then struck his second conversion.
At 14–0 up Burton took their foot off the pedal.
Burntwood came back into the game but failed to worry the scoreboard.
Alex Finney, Abe Furner and Ben Whitehouse were introduced for the second half.
But the hosts began as they finished the first period, and scored an unconverted try to bet back into the match.
The Crofters were sparked into life. Sheridan Cole dived for the line but came up inches short before a moment of brilliance from Mason.
From an up and under Mason caught and set up a ruck. Cole then went on a mazy run before off-loading to Furner who released Whitehouse to score in the corner.
A carbon copy score followed almost from the restart, as Whitehouse claimed his second try to end the contest.