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Longton 20
Bromsgrove 35

Bromsgrove RFC returned to winning ways after they did the double over Longton on Saturday. A very sunny, but windy and cold day greeted the supporters of both sides at Trentham Fields.  Neither team had won a match in 2016, and both teams needed points for different reasons.


The Yin and the Yang. Tom Hunt Gets the icing on the cake, Lewis Arnold limps out. Photo ©2016 Andy Jepson

The game started brightly for Bromsgrove with Campion stealing the ball from a Longton ruck and Upton pumped the ball down field.  The forwards won the lineout and the visitors took the ball forward.  Longton were guilty of not releasing the ball carrier after the tackle and Upton gave Bromsgrove the lead with a simple penalty.  Upton was using the wind well and tried hard to put the ball behind the Longton backs. From one such sortie Longton gave the ball straight back and then managed to find themselves in an offside position.  Upton welcomed the opportunity to double the lead.

Longton got on the scoreboard when Bromsgrove were penalised, and the ball was sent deep into touch.  From the ensuing lineout Longton forwards set themselves and rumbled over for a touchdown.  Hallam missed the conversion.  From the restart Longton fielded the ball and Brogan attempted a kick to touch.  His miscued kick curved in field and Vaipulu caught it, and immediately shipped it to the supporting Longstaff, who sprinted 45 metres to the try line.  Once again Hallam missed the conversion in the tricky wind. Having taken the lead the home side perked up and Bromsgrove were beginning to look a little flustered as they conceded a string of penalties.  In fact both sides were guilty of wasting field advantage by conceding penalties, and Upton missed the chance to grab another three points when his penalty kick failed to find the target on 30 minutes.  From the drop out, Critchlow, back from injury charged up field destroying defenders as he went.  Unfortunately, Edwards the Longton scrum half was one of them. He met awkwardly with Critchlow, was knocked out and had to leave the field for hospital.  Things were to get worse for Longton as just before half time Healy, the Longton 2nd row was sin binned for failing to move away.  Bromsgrove went on the offensive and were causing Longton all sorts of problems, but they couldn’t defend Upton next penalty which narrowed the gap to a single point at half time.

The second half started well for the visitors when following a period of great ball retention involving ten phases of play, Mortelmans found himself on the end of a great pass and scythed through the Longton back line, and intelligently fed Bache who scored a try through some defensive traffic.  Upton added the extras and Bromsgrove were back in front, 10 to 16.   Almost from the restart Longton were back in it when Timmy Wareham scored after good forward work, and although Hallam missed the conversion Longton were within one point of the visitors. After 10 minutes of the second half Bromsgrove were reduced to 14 men when Mortelmans was sin binned as he was adjudged to be persistently offside.  During this period and with Bromsgrove stretched in the backs Jack Newton Taylor got round the outside and scored Longtons fourth try to retake the lead and secure a try bonus point.  Hallam took the conversion in odd circumstances when he tried to drop kick the conversion, which was right in front of the posts and missed completely!

As the game wore on Bromsgrove became more dominant, and Jon Critchlow’s return was beginning to tell.  He joined the line at pace from the half way line taking a very acute line, which the Longton backs failed to pick up.  It wasn’t until he was at the try line did anyone lay a finger on him, and by then it was too late and another 7 points were in the bag when Upton converted! 20 -23. The boars kept up the pressure and when Bastock seemed sure to score, a head high tackle hauled him down.  The referee immediately awarded a penalty try.  Upton converted to put the game beyond Longton and the try bonus point was secured.  For the next few minutes both sides seemed to be kicking away good ball, with Bromsgrove marginally winning the battle for territory.  As the game was coming to a close Longton tried to run out of defence only for their winger to revert to the kicking game.  He misjudged the speed of the advancing Tom Hunt, back in the side from his recent injury, and he charged the kick down, collected the rebound and coasted in under the posts for Bromsgrove’s 5th try which sealed an emphatic victory.  All that remained was for Upton to add the coup de grace with the conversion.  Strangely though he seemed to want to demonstrate to his opposite number how to convert with a drop kick. As you will undoubtedly have guessed by now, if you have observed the final scoreline.  He hit the post! Final score Longton 20, Bromsgrove 35.

   
   


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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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