06:00 Tuesday 21 January 2014

Barton RFC crunch fixture in title race called off

Written bySPORTS REPORTER

BARTON Rugby Club became victim to the poor weather conditions when their Midlands Four West (South) league game against Atherstone was postponed on Saturday.

This fixture has been rearranged for February 22 when Barton hope to make amends for their away defeat at Atherstone earlier in the season.

Atherstone and Barton are fighting out for top spot in the league and both sides are well capable of promotion, so the postponement of this week’s game was not what either club needed.

Barton have had a busy new year, bringing in experienced coaches to improve on the mistakes that were made before Christmas when close defeats against Woodrush in the league and Rugby Lions in the National RFU Vase were quite unnecessary.

Chairman Dick Titley said: “A sterling effort is now being made to galvanise and build the club for promotion.

“The excellent facilities at Holland Park, with floodlit training areas on hard courts and grass has helped not only the seniors to continue training, but also all of the club’s teams across all ages groups.”

On Saturday, Barton travel to Essington RFC in the Staffordshire Owen Cup aemi-final.

This is a competition which Barton have won in the past and are very keen to ensure that they make the final again as it has always proved to not only be a great competition and hotly contested final, but also a tremendous day at the end of the season for all supporters.

This competition brings together many clubs from around Staffordshire and gives Barton the opportunity to play teams that they would not normally meet in league competition and also teams from higher levels of the rugby pyramid.

The next home game for Barton’s first XV will be Saturday, February 1, when they entertain Stoke Old Boys RFC, from Coventry, in a rearranged league fixture, kick off 2.15pm.

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