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April & May 2016 Draw Results

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Summer Ball 2016

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Due to Longton’s players wanting to attend the only England rubgy test match to be played outside of London in this Rugby World Cup competition, Bromsgrove agreed to a 1:30pm kick off. The visitors have not enjoyed the best of starts to this year’s league campaign and the signs were not good for them as Bromsgrove RFC recorded their first try when Tom Millen crossed in the club house corner after great handling in the midfield after only two minutes. Critchlow missed the conversion but was successful 10 minutes later after he converted Danks’ try.  This try was awarded after Liam Marshall who had another stand out game, worked some space in the middle of the field and found Phil Horton who straightened up the line, drew the last man and gave a lovely pass to scrum half Chris Danks who touched it down. So Longton were 12 -0 down.  Injuries to Millen and Critchlow caused changes to the Bromsgrove team, with Bastock and McPherson coming into a re-jigged formation.
Longton got some ball at last and in the 14th minute Tumanawapohatu Tawhai, the right winger with the longest first name this author has ever known in rugby, showed what an elusive player he is by dancing his way past Bastock to put 5 points on the board.  Hallam missed the conversion.  Back came the hosts with captain Horton leading the line and finding himself in good positions to offload and put players into space.  Kevin Foster was the recipient of a lovely weighted inside pass from Horton on 22 minutes and dotted it down under the posts.  Danks assumed the kicking duties and slotted the conversion. 19 – 5 to Bromsgrove. After 27 minutes another Horton assist resulted in a try with Dave Lewis being the grateful recipient.  The try resulted from good penetration and running by the forwards freeing up Horton who was having an imperious game.  His delicately weighted pass was met by the speedy Lewis and a well worked try was scored and brought the score to 24-5 as the conversion failed.
It was not all one way traffic, as Longton had long periods of time with the ball, but couldn’t work it out to their attacking wingers.  They decided to take a more direct approach and their left winger Ethan Clowes  got into the maul and  the forwards drove him over.  Once again Hallam was off target with the conversion. Frustration was creeping into the Longton side and two yellow cards followed in quick succession. Zack Heath and Siupeli Vaipulu both were sin binned either side of another Tawhai try, again showing a brilliant turn of speed to round his man, and scoring wide on the right. Hallam couldn’t find the target once again, and the half time whistle went with Bromsgrove leading 24-15.
The second half started in similar fashion to the first with Chris Danks registering his second try of the match and the bonus point try after a series of powerful scrums put Longton on the back foot. He converted his try and stretched the lead to 31-15. For the next 18 minutes the play swung from end to end, with both defences preventing any more points being scored.  Chris McGregor made a welcome return to the side as did Ben Meadows, and both showed up well in this period.  Bromsgrove benefitted from a bizarre kick by Lee Brogan, the Longton flyhalf, whose attempted clearance kick from behind the goal line looped up in the air and was picked off by the ever alert Horton, who gratefully touched it down. 36-15. Bromsgrove had their tails up and Lewis added to the score as with his trademark sidestep he beat the defenders to go in under the post to give Danks an easy conversion and move the scoreline to 43-15.
Longton knew they couldn’t overhaul the hosts lead, with the time left, but they battled hard to get something out of the game, and were rewarded for their efforts with the bonus point try scored by Joe Newton Taylor, whilst his opposite number, Paul Norris was sitting out a sin bin penalty.  Lee Brogan took over the kicking duties and was successful with the kick to increase the Longton points total to 22.  That should have been game over, but both sides were still entertaining the crowd, and Horton got his second try of the match, when Dave Lewis became the provider when his pass found Horton in space and the inevitable try was scored. Danks added to extras to reach the 50 point mark.  Bromsgrove conceded another try in the last minute of the match, when Rich Thompson, the Longton lock reached out over the whitewash close enough to the posts so that Hallam couldn’t possibly miss!  Final score 50 points to Bromsgrove and 29 points to Longton.  Bromsgrove remain in 3rd place in the league, but Longton drop one place.
A high scoring game, in which Bromsgrove showed some really good inter-passing between forwards and backs.  There was great support play by Horton who gave four assists and scored two himself.  However, it was Chris Danks who was awarded the MoM for his all-around contribution. His return to the club and his great understanding with Phil Horton is going to trouble many sides this season.
Another take away from this match is the need for strong replacements from the 2nd team.  Further injuries to Critchlow and Millen are stretching the resources, and still on the sidelines are Tom Hunt, Ed Spalding, James Shewell and Tom Hardwick.  We wish them speedy recoveries!

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National 3 Midlands

Congratulations Scunthorpe and Hinckley (after the play off vs Wirral) on gaining promotion to National 2.

Pos Club P W D L F A Diff TB LB Pts
1 Scunthorpe 26 23 0 3 766 343 423 14 2 108 C
2 Hinckley 26 22 1 3 790 343 447 16 2 108P
3 Old Halesonians 26 18 0 8 630 408 222 13 6 91
4 Peterborough Lions 26 15 0 11 593 464 129 10 4 69
5 Nuneaton 26 14 0 12 573 463 110 8 5 69
6 Syston 26 13 0 13 538 562 -24 11 4 67
7 Birmingham & Solihull 26 13 0 13 500 475 25 8 6 66
8 Longton 26 11 1 14 530 577 -47 12 3 61
9 Bromsgrove 26 12 0 14 559 670 -111 8 3 59
10 Sandbach 26 11 0 15 546 591 -45 9 4 57
11 Lichfield 26 9 0 17 600 683 -83 12 7 55
12 Old Northamptonians 26 9 0 17 498 702 -204 6 7 49 R
13 Newport (Salop) 26 8 0 18 451 738 -287 6 0 38 R
14 Sutton Coldfield 26 3 0 23 412 967 -555 3 4 19 R



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