Crofters are denied last-gasp victory by the width of the bar
BURTON came within inches of snatching a last-gasp victory over Midlands One West rivals Stoke at Peel Croft.
With time up, Lewis Brooks' penalty attempt from 35 metres agonisingly bounced back off the bar as the Crofters suffered a narrow home defeat.
Burton had seemed in control with half an hour to go, leading 15-3.
But Stoke rallied with tries from Thomas Hughes and Carl Williams, both converted by Chris Rowley, to turn the game around.
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Darryl Banton and Ken Archer touched down for the hosts, with Banton kicking a penalty and a conversion.
Burton missed the chance to make up ground on third-placed Lichfield, who they face this Saturday.
THE fledgling Burton RFC Academy claimed its first silverware on Sunday – but the celebrations were tinged with sadness.
The Junior Colts' Staffordshire Cup triumph was dedicated to club president John Lowe, who died aged 66 over the weekend following a long battle with cancer.
Burton, led by inspirational skipper Kieran Hall, edged out Lichfield 3-0 in a cup final played in tough conditions at Stafford RFC, a penalty from fly half Frank Simpson proving the only score.
The Senior Colts are through to the quarter-finals of the Leicestershire County Cup after a 10-3 win at Lutterworth. A try from man of the match Ashley Allum was added to by a penalty and conversion from Dale Spratt.