Baxter: Now we are looking up

Bromsgrove Advertiser: Best bar none: Bromsgrove youngster Bar Bartlett in action against Westoe. Picture: PETE JEPSON Best bar none: Bromsgrove youngster Bar Bartlett in action against Westoe. Picture: PETE JEPSON

HEAD coach Ross Baxter believes Bromsgrove RFC can start looking up after ending their losing streak.

Saturday’s 28-10 victory over Westoe stopped the rot and ended their seven-match losing run in the National North Two.

But Baxter believes that was just the first step to redemption, with the next game a trip to mid-table Birmingham and Solihull on Saturday (2pm ko).

He said: “What was really pleasing on Saturday was that afterwards the players were thinking about the next fixture.

“They weren’t just pleased to have won the game, they were thinking about areas which could be worked on and how we could improve.

“I have said all season the performances have been good but let down by small individual errors and we were a bit nervy near the end but held on for a deserved win.

“I am delighted with the result, this was a first step because we had targetted the next five games as ones we could win.”

The coach was also full of praise for 19-year-old fly-half Bar Bartlett. The Ledbury-based youngster played a pivotal role in Bromsgrove’s win.

“Bar was really good,” commented Baxter.

“He had been in the academy system in Worcester but when he joined us he was a bit dissolutioned but he’s worked really hard.

“His kicking from hand on Saturday was excellent as were many other elements of his game.

“We’ve got to work on his ability to dictate the match but it was a good performance.

“At the end of the match we had two 19-year-olds playing at nine and 10 and it bodes well for the future.”

Another boost for the Boars was centre Toby Wilson playing after spending most of the season injured.

The Finstall Park side have a full-strength side available for Saturday’s trip to Damson Parkway.

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