BURTON Colts maintained their perfect start to the season with a 56-0 demolition of arch rivals Lichfield.
The visitors were immediately under the cosh after a clearance kick was charged down, and with great work in the ruck and mauls much of the early play was deep in Lichfield territory.
Burton secured good ball from a line-out five metres from the Lichfield line on four minutes, and after a powerful drive Matt Williams scored an excellent forwards’ try.
Following a period of Lichfield pressure, Burton skipper Jordan Hales – who was dominant in the line-out – secured possession.
A superbly executed strike move from the backs then saw Alex Nesbitt break through the opposition’s defensive line at pace before completing a fine individual try.
With almost 20 minutes gone the Colts were awarded another line-out within striking distance.
Burton again secured possession before Will Wedgewood marked his league debut with a try, breaking off the maul to score wide on the left.
Burton continued to dominate up front and after 28 minutes the pressure told.
Eddie Nicholls collected the ball at the base of another well-executed scrum, and darted over the line for a try on the right. Wedgewood added the extras for 22-0.
The next score arrived on 33 minutes. Another scrum five metres out was won by the young Crofters.
Will Wedgewood picked up at the rear and fed Nicholls who scored his second try of the game.
Colts refused to step off the gas after the break.
Just two minutes in, Will Roden timed his pass to perfection for Nesbitt to score his second try on the left.
Lichfield looked to respond during their best spell of the game, but the Burton defence held out.
Following an injury to a Lichfield players normal service was then resumed.
John Mountford was another Burton player to enjoy a try-scoring debut, and showed great strength and skill to touch down for 37-0.
The one-way traffic continued with Wedgewood finding Nesbitt who sent Isa Cashmore over the try-line.
Wedgewood added the conversion to pile further misery on Lichfield.
A scrappy period of play followed before a thrilling break from Frank Simpson – but the final pass went to ground and the chance was lost.
Simpson made amends when he jinked past two defenders from 10 metres out to score on the left.
Wedgewood’s conversion increased the lead to 51-0.
Colts showed no mercy with a final score just before the end.
Cashmore touched down to record his second try of the game. The conversion just missed to complete the scoring at 56-0.
The final whistle sounded and Burton Colts had recorded a fabulous win against their arch rivals, sending out an early warning to their league rivals.