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Summer Ball 2016

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This was a match where the cliché “a game of two halves” was never more relevant! Bromsgrove were the clear winners of the first half as they ended it 22 points to nil in the lead.  From that position they only managed to score a solitary penalty to add 3 more points, but conceded 32 points in a second half strewn with errors, three yellow cards, and a melt down of massive  proportions, giving the home side a victory that they never imagined they would achieve.
To their credit the Bromsgrove side started the match on the front foot and seemed eager to score tries right from the kick off, as the captain decided against a penalty attempt at goal in the first minute and asked Upton to kick for the corner.  However as is sometimes the case the decision was made to look foolish when the ensuing lineout was lost by virtue of a crooked throw! Once more the option of a penalty kick for goal inside the opposition half was not taken and again from the ensuing lineout Syston came away with the ball.
However when a penalty was awarded to Bromsgrove near the halfway line the decision was taken to kick for goal, and needless to say it fell short even with the wind in favour!  The sanguine supporters were concerned that failure to capitalise on those early opportunities might come back to haunt the team proved prophetic, as those extra points would have given Syston a bigger hill to climb from the outset!
However getting back to the description of the game; Bromsgrove proved what a good side they are when they play attacking rugby.  Ollie Bache’s first try came through an interception on the Bromsgrove 22 and the ball travelled through several hands before Spalding chipped it forward and Ollie Bache outsprinted everyone to touch down in the left hand corner.  The difficult conversion was missed.  For the next ten minutes the busiest person was the referee as he awarded penalties in abundance, but the better rugby was being played by the visitors and when the backs broke the defensive line and fed the willing Bache, he took the direct approach to the try line and scored again in the left hand corner. To make the score 10 points to nil.  Bromsgrove were enjoying this spell of domination, and Syston couldn’t get onto the ball at all.  When they did, they seemed to make silly mistakes and gifted the ball back to their visitors.  The third try arrived on 32 minutes when a thrilling move taking up most of the field and involving great inter-passing between forwards and backs resulted in Horton breaking the final line of defence and off loading to James Shewell who trundled over near the posts and finally gave Upton an easy conversion, which he took to increase the score to 17-0.   Matt Shephard was forced to leave the field with an ankle injury and Jordan Cowley came on as his able substitute. To cap off a brilliant first half performance Horton crashed over for his try, which was set up by a typical mazy run by Dave Lewis, on the stroke of half-time to provide Bromsgrove with the try bonus point, and all was looking set fair for a satisfying bonus point victory.  However Syston had different ideas, and produced one of the best comebacks this reporter has seen all season. 
From the kick off Bromsgrove put themselves under pressure by mishandling and giving Syston good field position and the feed into the scrum.  The conditions did favour the home side, as they had the benefit of a stiff breeze, which they used wisely throughout the half.  However for their first score the wind played no part, as from the scrum Syston formed a driving maul, and as they inched forward to the Bromsgrove try line, Alex Woodward broke the offside line and the referee awarded Syston a penalty try, and yellow carded Woodward.  The comeback had started.  It stalled for a brief moment when Bromsgrove did get across the half-way line and the home hooker angered the referee and earned himself a yellow card to even up the sides.  Upton added the only points Bromsgrove would score in the second half. 
 Morgan, the Syston fly-half seemed to be at the heart of everything good about the recovery, and he reduced the deficit with a penalty of his own two minutes later for a scoreline of 10 25. Mortelmans who had been outstanding defensively all match managed to free himself and set off with Bache on his left, and Spalding on his right.  He chose the wrong option and also left his pass too late and the chance was lost. Almost as soon as Bromsgrove got back to full strength, Tom Hardwick was sin binned, and Bromsgrove paid the full price as the tight Syston forwards drove their second row over the line for a converted try on 59 minutes. 60 seconds later and Morgan floated a lovely long pass out to Ian Smith the pacy fullback who took the ball at speed and sprinted in for another converted try to bring the home side within a point of the visitors.  Bromsgrove seemed to be losing heart and resorted to fruitless kicking, which just provided Syston with the ball in good field positions.  Syston finally got their noses in front as result of great forward pressure which caused Belmonte to resort to some illegal activity, and earned him the visitors’ third yellow card of the day, and gifted Syston another three points, sending their supporters into raptures of joy!  The home side rounded off their victory in style with a well worked final try scored by their industrious openside flanker, who ran Morgan close for man of the match.  So Bromsgrove, despite wrestling defeat from the jaws of victory managed to earn two bonus points and leapfrogged Nuneaton into 4th place in the table.
The next match is away to Hinckley, and unless Bromsgrove defend the rolling maul more effectively, and learn to remain onside a win will be unlikely!  The league leaders remain unbeaten, and only a stellar performance will change that stat on the 16th January.

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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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