FENLAND Barbarians finished their season in fine style beating West Bridgford 49-0.
The Barbarians took a squad of 22, almost half of whom had taken no active part in the recent NLD semi-final match.
A tight match was expected but the Barbars had failed to read the form book and quickly established a dominance that was maintained throughout the match.
First to score, within three minutes of the kick off, was prop Dylan Jones who scored under the posts from a powerful penetrating run. The conversion was safely taken by Dan Whadcock.
Having gained control of the forwards game, the Barbars switched their attack to the backs with winger Harley Bycraft adding another try from a pacy run half the length of the pitch. Whadcock again converted, putting the Barbars 14–0 up within the first 10 minutes.
This seemed to kick Bridgford into action and some outstanding counter attacks could easily have levelled the game. But the Barbars resisted with Matt Hudson and Tim Hodgson powerful in this period of defensive play.
Having slowed Bridgford down, the forwards began to rumble upfield with flanker Mark Sclanders, returning from injury, scoring by the posts.
He was followed by one of the newer props, Dan Gammons, adding to the try tally. Both tries were safely kicked by Whadcock for a 28–0 half time lead.
Bridgford came closes to scoring early in the second half but had their try attempt held up by Theo Edwards and in the following counter attack, winger Tom Palmer used his strength and speed to power up the right wing before catching touch just before scoring.
With the game back into the Bridgford 22, quick hands from scrum half Ethan Duran set up Whadcock for a nerve-settling try, which he then converted.
Despite the score running away from the Bridgford team, Sam Cheek was called on to keep out an attack, and some excellent rucking by Tom Oliver to get the ball safely back to Whadcock for the clearance kick.
With the clock ticking down and the Bridgford defence tiring Sclanders added another try.
In the dying minutes Patryk Danielewski drove over the line to score in the corner and Whadcock kicked another superb strike from distance to end the rout.