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Disappointing defeat for Bromsgrove
1:52pm Monday 14th October 2013 in Sport
Harrogate 39pts Bromsgrove 12
BROMSGROVE suffered a disappointing defeat at the hands of an underrated Harrogate side who showed a much greater appetite for the game and a higher level of skill than the below par visiting team.
Both sides had only one National Division Two North victory prior to this match so a close encounter was expected and that would have been the case had Town managed to build on the encouraging performances of the previous two weeks.
Unfortunately, this never happened as the hosts dominated the first half and when Bromsgrove did attack the home defence stood firm, on two occasions withstanding 20-plus phases without conceding a penalty or being breached. No mean feat for a team topping the yellow card table.
Despite their dominance Harrogate only managed one try through Sam Bottomley and two penalties from Joe Rowntree, he missed four relatively easy kicks which could have put the home side virtually out of site at half time. As it was the lead was only 11-0.
Bromsgrove started the second half positively giving a bit of false optimism to the small band of travelling supporters, particularly after man of the match Craig Mortelmans crashed over to score an unconverted try. The optimism was short-lived as hosts came storming back with three unanswered tries from Steve Maycock, Harry Parrish and a second from Bottomley, part of a back division that had too much pace for Town’s stretched defence.
The visitors didn’t give up and while individuals did some good things they just didn’t gel as a team. They scored one try through a bit of individual work by Jon Critchlow which he also converted. Harrogate deservedly had the last word with a converted try from Luke Edwards in the last minute.
This result makes this Saturdays encounter at home to local rivals Dudley Kingswinford (3pm)who are currently wallowing at the foot of the table without a win.
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