OLD Halesonians RFC slumped to a second successive home defeat, this time going down 29-0 to rivals Bournville.

More worrying for the Wassell Grove side is the fact they have now failed to score in 160 minutes of play and on Saturday come up against runaway league leaders Burton.

It did not start well for Old Hales when after 15 minutes Bournville fly-half Alex Warner slipped through a tackle to duly score the first of the 24 points he would rack up in the match.

With a further two penalties added before the break Bournville went into the second half with a 13 point cushion.

Halesonians lethargic display was epitomised by the fact they only managed to win three scrums all day and wasted good possession with poor territorial kicking. However some resolute defence from Old Hales kept out their opposition allowing Warner to only keep the score line ticking over with some precise kicking.

The final try of the game came when Hales got turned over at the ruck and after moving the ball quickly down the line, winger Lestyn Pratt scored in the corner for Bournville.

The game at Burton (kick-off 2.15pm), already looks like a foregone conclusion, with the home side six points clear at the top of Midlands One West.

Captain Chris Wagstaff admitting his side faces a mammoth task.

He said: “Its going to be a very tough game.

“They are beating teams only a couple of places below them very comfortably so we are going into this game with open eyes.

“We are looking to gain experience from it and looking to compete in certain areas of the game.”