KENILWORTH slipped to their fourth consecutive defeat in the Midland 1 West division after losing 16-10 at home to Burton, reports Sophie Freestone.
It was the visitors who had the first opportunity of the match in what proved to be a tight game at Glasshouse Lane on Saturday.
An offise infringement after just two minutes allowed Burton to take an early 3-0 from the resultant penalty and they had a chance to double their advantage five minutes later but this time around the penalty kick was unsuccessful.
Kenilworth then had a good period of possession but they were unable to take advantage of their own penalty chance on 20 minutes.
Five minutes later the hosts were awarded another penalty and although the kick missed touch they were soon back in possession and a superb kick through by lock Dan Careless eventually led to winger Joe Jepps winning a penalty.
But the hosts failed to take advantage of their position and Burton made them apy by breaking away down the left to score the first try of the match on 33 minutes.
The conversion attempt was unsuccessful but Burton held an 8-0 lead at the break.
Kenilworth made a strong start to the second half and were soon right back in the match when a charge down by Gareth Renowden led to a try for Ed Hannam, which Alex Selby duly converted to cut the lead to just one point.
The hosts then went into the lead for the first time in the match thanks to a Selby penalty before Burton came back with a penalty of their own to regain the initiative.
The momentum of play changed hands for the remainder of the second period before Kenilworth had a great chance to regain the lead 20 minutes from time.
Having applied pressure inside the Burton 22, Kenilworth were rewarded with a line out in a great position, but it was an opportunity wasted and Burton cleared their lines.
The remainder of the game saw Burton apply consistent pressure on the Kenilworth defence and they were rewarded with a 75th minute unconverted try to seal a 16-10 victory.