RUGBY Welsh had plenty of positives to take, despite a 33-12 home defeat to Barkers Butts Tanners in a pre-season warm-up.
In another hard-fought match Barkers’ combination of experienced forwards and youthful backs proved to be too strong for the home side.
Welsh started well with new fly-half Zac Wright making a lovely midfield break in the opening minutes and he kicked accurately to put his side in attacking positions. Barkers defended well and from an intercepted pass inside their own half their backs showed their pace and off loading skills to take the lead with a converted try.
The Welsh lineout was solid with Dave Hunting competing well and Andy Higham as always a key source of possession. Adam Bond and Jordan Rowbottom were impressive in midfield as they used their power to set up attacking opportunities with Chris Grant defending well on the wing.
Welsh were rewarded for their efforts when the hard-working Loz Galleno crashed over from short range for a try converted by Lloyd Pulford. Barkers responded well with their quick backs causing problems and they retook the lead before half-time with another converted try.
The Coventry side increased their lead early in the second half when a quickly taken penalty enabled their backs to create a well taken unconverted try.
To Welsh’s credit they did not let their heads drop and with their forwards winning more possession they created more attacking opportunities. Barkers defence was solid throughout the game and they kept Welsh at bay until quick ruck ball created space and winger Pulford scored a well-taken unconverted try in the corner.
New players to the club such as Keys and Goodfellow showed up well in the forward battle.
Despite the Welsh’s best efforts Barkers increased their lead with a converted try late in the game and capitalised again when Welsh spilled the ball in the opposition 22 and race away for their final converted try.