BARTON’S Midlands Four West (South) promotion hopes suffered a setback on Saturday with a narrow defeat at home to Woodrush.
Martin Woolston scored the hosts’ only try of the game at the end of the first half – but it was not enough to prevent a second league loss.
Woodrush came flying out of the traps at Burton’s reserve pitch in Catton, and were on the front foot from the outset.
The visitors claimed an early three points with a penalty in front of the posts.
Barton hit back with a well struck penalty from Jamie Maxwell.
The hosts failed to build on that score however, with cumbersome play inside their own 22.
Woodrush took advantage by turning over possession. A few phases later Woodrush worked the overlap and with simple hands put their winger away in the corner.
The conversion followed to put the visitors 10-3 up.
With territory key to controlling the game, Will Simpson kicked for the corners.
The tactic put Woodrush under considerable pressure, with the visitors previously dominant in the opposition 22.
Woodrush looked nervous and unsure of themselves as the pressure started to mount in their own 22.
As a consequence the visitors started to concede penalties.
Barton were in control and opted to take the scrum five metres out.
An infringement at the scrum from Woodrush could have given Barton a penalty try.
But a few minutes later Barton made the most of their dominance when Woolston completed a fine move in the left hand corner.
Just two points separated the sides at the interval, but the second half was punctuated by mistakes.
Both sides struggled to build momentum with phases hampered by handling errors.
Barton and Woodrush both had penalty opportunities – but failed to find the distance.
The hosts were in the ascendency with ball in hand, but Woodrush valiantly defended.
And Barton were the architects of their own demise by rushing plays and either conceding penalties or making rash decisions.
Woodrush came back in the latter stages and with the final kick of the game converted a penalty to seal a 13-8 victory.
Barton travel to second-bottom Alcester on Saturday, kick-off 2.15pm.