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Market Bosworth 13, Burton 57

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 09, 2014

BITTER SWEET . . . Damon Varney sustained an injury while scoring a try for Bufrtin in Saturday’s comfortable win over Midlands One West strugglers Market Bosworth

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SAM Benjamin grabbed a hat-trick of tries as Burton crushed rock bottom Market Bosworth.

The victory keeps Burton four points clear of third-placed Hereford in Midlands One West ahead of Saturday’s crucial game between the two sides.

Burton conceded turnover ball the first time they were in possession at Bosworth – and were turned by a kick to touch in the 22.

The league strugglers dropped a neat goal to take the lead after only two minutes.

Darryl Banton sparked Burton into life with a quick tap from a line-out on halfway.

The scrum-half made ground before passing to Lawrence Betty who crossed the 22 and switched with Benjamin, coming off the right wing.

And Benjamin touched down under the posts with Dave Archer adding the conversion.

Bosworth used the wind to kick to touch in the Burton 22. But their subsequent attacks were unable to stretch the visitors.

Strong runs from Matt Tivey and Tom Harris allowed Banton to launch his backs.

Betty got to within five metres of the try-line and Simon Bradley to within one.

Three penalties followed for the Crofters, and from the last one skipper James Gibbons ordered Archer to kick the three points for a 10-3 lead after 20 minutes.

The game then became scrappy with neither side able to retain the ball, before a strong run from Jack Brooks gave Benjamin the ball on halfway.

There looked little on with four defenders covering, but Benjamin barged his way through to release Archer on his inside and the full-back notched up seven points from there.

Burton’s pack produced a solid catch and drive from a line-out for the next try, with Joe Gazzard crossing for the score.

Archer narrowly missed the conversion from the left.

The visitors maintained the pressure with Ian Gilmour kicking to the corner.

Liam Hucknell then stole the line-out, but Burton squandered the chance to score after opening up the Bosworth defence.

A late penalty in the Bosworth half was then kicked to touch. Gazzard won the line-out and the ball was spun out from the right wing.

Benjamin popped up as an extra attacker and from 30 metres out weaved his way through the cover to score.

With the bonus point secured, Archer added the conversion for 29-3 at the break.

Again Burton made an inauspicious start when a spilled pass on halfway was scooped up by a Bosworth player, who streaked clear and fed his winger to score a try.

The kicker slipped and the conversion attempt failed to get above crossbar height.

Burton got back on track with Gilmour making a jinking run from halfway before finding Damon Varney on his inside shoulder.

Varney crossed the 22 and fed fellow flanker Ben Cook. He returned the pass to Varney who scored – but injured himself in the act.

Archer converted and Jono Parkinson left the bench to replace Varney. Dewi Williams also came on for Archer, with Matt Boden switching to full-back from left wing.

From Burton’s next attack a Bosworth player was adjudged to have deliberately knocked on and was sent to the sin-bin.

Craig Dutton replaced Liam Hucknell before Burton attacked with a series of phases towards the right wing. And the ball was sent left for Williams to score in the corner. Banton added the extras.

The Crofters then lost their concentration and were without the ball for a long spell – conceding several penalties in the process.

Bosworth favoured the catch and drive and in defending one of those Tivey sustained a knock and Burton reshuffled the pack.

After the next drive was halted Bosworth used a couple of pick and goes to cross for an unconverted score.

The hosts attacked next, but Cook produced an excellent tackle to turn the ball over.

Burton took play back into their opponents’ half and Dutton, now playing as prop, made a strong carry before finding Cook who crossed for a try. Banton kicked the conversion.

Benjamin then completed his hat-trick, picking up a loose ball on halfway and racing clear. In the final act of the game Benjamin drop-kicked the conversion to complete the 57-13 victory.

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