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2nd Salmon
3rd Keith Udy
   

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A wet and windy day greeted the visitors from Bromsgrove to Wassell Grove on Saturday. Old Hales boasted a season with 7 wins from 8 matches and an impressive 34 point total thanks to some thumping wins which gained them valuable bonus points.  Bromsgrove were missing some key players with last years top points scorers Jon Critchlow and Tom Hunt both out injured.
The wind and rain would have a considerable impact on the match and fortunately for Bromsgrove they took the initiative with Upton taking Bromsgrove into the lead after 1 minute with the wind at his back.  His penalty kick sailing over.  He continued to apply pressure with raking kicks into the corner as Old Hales struggled to get out of their 22.  The Bromsgrove lineout worked really well throughout the match even though the conditions were extremely unfavourable.  Though Old Hales seized an opportunity from a poor kick by Ollie Bache which was charged down and Andy Holloway to give Old Hales a fortunate lead.  Hooper couldn’t get the ball over the bar and the score remained 5 points the 3.  Back came Bromsgrove and using the wind well to give them field position found themselves back in enemy territory.  Danks spotted the Old Hales backs creeping up offside and darted through making good ground.  His backs followed him and when they failed to score the try the referee brought play back for Upton to restore the visitors lead by kicking his second penalty. 5 points to 6.  He had the chance to put the Boars further ahead before the end of the first half, which would have been no more than the team’s performance merited, but the swirling wind and the swaying posts foiled him.
Just at the end of the first half James Shewell was guilty of some foul play off the ball and got ten minutes in the sin bin.  Hooper once again failed to punish the visitors and Bromsgrove finished the half on the attack despite being one man down.
The second half started with Old Hales punting the all deep into the Bromsgrove half, as they now had the benefit of the brisk unrelenting wind.  However the Bromsgrove forwards are made of stern stuff, and they caused the home side to lose the ball and the visitors worked hard to take the ball up field.  In the conditions a number of handling errors were creeping in, and from the ensuing scrums penalties were being awarded against both sides.
From on such penalty the ball was kicked to touch and from the ensuing catch and drive Old Hales scored their second try.  Even with the benefit of the wind Hooper couldn’t find the target. However they had regained the lead 10 to 6.
From one of the best moves of the game, where flowing three-quarter moves were rare Luke Smith found the try line in the right hand corner to give Hooper a tough conversion, which he duly missed in the brisk wind. The lead was stretched to 15 points to 6 and once again Bromsgrove had a mountain to climb to even get a losing bonus point. This current crop of Bromsgrove player don’t know when they are beaten, and following on from their last gasp victory last week they drew upon reserves to work their way back into the game.  Great driving by all the forwards and with Dan Protherough using the bench well, the pack worked against the elements into the opposition 22. A great catch by Phil Horton and the resultant drive resulted in a try for Gino Belmonte despite the frantic efforts of Old Hales to collapse the driving maul. 15 points to 11.
It seemed that as Old Hales had the wind and the slope in their favour that they would seize the opportunity and close out the game with a bonus point try, but with both sides guilty of dropping the ball in promising positions, it was the visitors who gained the upper hand.  Even when Rayner missed penalty to increase the home side lead Bromsgrove kept up the pressure. Chris Danks was having an outstanding match and kicked for position very well.  He combined well with his forwards to drive the ball from ruck to ruck and made some really hard yards until eventually Old Hales were penalised for offside.  Upton put the ball into the corner and once again Horton soared in the lineout.  He was fouled in the act of catching the ball, and Old Hales went down to 14 men.  Again Upton chose to go for the line out and the try that would win Bromsgrove the match.  There was one minute left on the clock and Bromsgrove took their time to get the lineout right.  The ball was won and a huge drive was set up.  Old Hales tried to disrupt the maul, but the well drilled Bromsgrove side kept their cool and when James Shewell found the weak spot he peeled off and dashed into the corner unopposed.  The score moved onto 15 points to 16, and the referee had signalled that the conversion would be the last action of the game. Upton almost made the conversion, but the wind and the distance defeated him, but the visitors claimed a great away victory. 
The last two matches have seen Bromsgrove score and concede the same number of points, and also stay the same place in the league table.  They host Old Northamptonians next week, who had an impressive win over Bees, so the match should prove to be another challenge for both sides.
 
   
   


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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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