Barns Green fightback rattles table toppers

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BARNS Green saw off table toppers Littlehampton 15-13 in a pulsating Sussex 2 West encounter.

Both sides played running rugby and the Green produced one of the performances of the season, signalling their early intent by shoving the hosts off the ball at the first scrum.

And it was Barns Green who opened the scoring with a try, Will Tidey continued his fine run of form with a well taken finish after some good work from the visiting three quarters.

But Littlehampton were able to create pressure of their own, and should have replied with a try of their own when Ben Woodley’s kick was dealt with by the hosts fly half who hacked downfield, only for their centre to knock on with the line at his mercy.

That sparked a period of concerted Littlehampton pressure, but the Green repelled the attacks, with Tom Viney and Rob Carter instrumental in defence.

Littlehampton did eventually cross after poor communication in the BG defence allowed the home seven to canter in under the posts. The try was converted and Green went into the break 10-5 down.

The visitors then found themselves a further eight points adrift when another Littlehampton penalty was slotted. What followed though, was the most impressive half hour spell of the Green’s campaign. The tight five picked up their game and the front row trio of Penticost Viney and Wills put in some sterling work.

Barter added to the Green’s tally, powering in from 40 metres off an excellent line for an easily converted try.

Littlehampton were rattled, and Barns Green attempted to capitalise on their momentum. Not even a yellow card, reducing Green to 14 men, could alter the course of the action, as a penalty kicked by Ben Woodley from 35 metres after great work from Sam Callaghan, gave Green the lead.

Back up to their full quota, Barns Green held out for an impressive win.