WILL Roach scored three tries as Burton claimed victory over Barkers Butts and a bonus point at Peel Croft on Saturday.
Craig Dutton, Matt Boden and scrum-half Darryl Banton added further tries before Barkers hit back in the latter stages.
Burton coach Nick Adams said: “I’m happy with the four points and a bonus point.
“The last 20 minutes we took our foot off the gas and they capitalised.
“Two tries in as many minutes is never acceptable. A lack of concentration at times and failure to relieve the pressure has cost us a few tries.
“Nevertheless, that’s our third win in three and we’ll be confident going into the next game against Berkswell & Balsall.”
Barkers were immediately on the offensive and in the fifth minute fly-half Tom Stokes found Aaron Newman who sent the ball right to Chris Priest.
The winger side-stepped Boden and scored for an unconverted early try.
Burton immediately hit back. From a scrum Banton broke and passed to Dutton who touched down. Dave Archer missed the conversion to keep the score at 5-5.
Five minutes later, after more pressure from Burton, the hosts made it 10-5. Dutton was the provider in the fourth phase of play, finding Boden who ran through on the far side.
Archer failed to add the extras, but made up for the miss with a successful penalty kick after Barkers were penalised at a scrum.
With the Crofters dominating play and possession Banton bagged himself a try on 29 minutes.
The scrum-half touched down between the posts after creating the gap with a dummy pass. Archer’s conversion increased the advantage to 20-8.
Just before the end of the first half Archer added another three points after the visitors were penalised for coming in at the side of a ruck.
Archer started where he left off at the start of the second period, dissecting the posts with another penalty for 26-8.
From that point it was about Roach. The first of his three tries came in the 52nd minute.
Banton’s pass from the ruck in the centre was collected by Tommy Cooper, who then gave it to Roach. And his powerful run through the Barkers front row was rewarded with an unconverted score.
Roach’s second try came 10 minutes later. Murphy gathered the ball from the scrum, and Roach ran through making it 36-8.
At that stage Burton were threatening a demolition of similar proportion to last year’s 65-19 rout.
However, two tries in as many minutes from the visitors significantly closed the gap.
Stokes and Upton were the two Barkers try-scorers, with the two conversions reducing Burton’s lead to 36-22.
Briggs was then shown a yellow card for dissent as the momentum swung even further towards Barkers.
The pressure was on Burton, but they responded well.
Lawrence Betty’s interception, after Stokes and full-back Rob Knox had combined for Barkers close to the Burton, line was crucial.
Archer then stepped up to slot over a 75th minute penalty to remove all doubt over the end result.
With Briggs back on to see out the few minutes, Roach grabbed his third try.
Banton collected the ball from a scrum before releasing Roach who burst through Barkers’ depleted backs to touch down.
Archer converted to make the final score 46-22.
A delighted Roach said: “I’m pleased with my own performance. It was a comfortable win for the majority of the game.
“We’ll aim to keep the momentum going and keep up the winning streak.”
BURTON: Murphy, Burroughs, Tivey, Cartwright, Roach, Henry, Briggs, Dutton, Banton, Peach, Cooper, Titley, Archer, Boden, Gilmour.