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Boars survive DK fight back to bag valuable win
9:55am Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in Local
Bromsgrove 32 Dudley Kingswinford 25
BROMSGROVE survived a classic game of two halves to bag a much-needed derby victory in the National North Two on Saturday.
The Boars ended their two game losing run and lifted themselves to fourth from bottom.
In a one-sided first half, Bromsgrove had powered into a 26-5 half-time lead before weathering a stirring fight back from their Black Country neighbours.
From the start of the first half, Town played like they meant business and it took only four minutes for the forwards to drive over returning number eight Phil Horton for the score which Jon Critchlow converted.
That gave Bromsgrove confidence and they started playing with a lot of self belief.
A searing break from the fast improving Craig Mortelmans gave Olly Bache a run in for the second try which Critchlow again improved.
The forwards pick and drive game, with Dave Hughes to the forefront, was giving the visitors a lot of problems and the backs, well prompted by Aaron Higgins were looking dangerous.
The real damage, however, was done by scrum half George de Cothi who had a superb game and scored two excellent individual tries on the 22nd and 33rd minutes both times having too much pace and guile for the visiting defence. Critchlow converted one.
In between the two, DK did have a good spell during which time former Bromsgrove stalwart Steve Blackburn scored a try for them.
After the break for the first ten minutes things were fairly even with Gareth Bown and Critchlow exchanging penalties.
It was around then that the rain came harder and so did the visitors and they scored a try from a catch and drive through Luke Greenwood.
DK became more adventurous despite the rain and most things they tried seemed to work while Bromsgrove lost the control of the first half, not helped by yellow cards for George Glenn and Kevin Salisbury at different times reducing them to 14 men.
Dudley bagged another score through centre Ashley Oyekan followed by a bonus point fourth for scrum half Connah Jones which Bown converted.
With the visitors only four points behind, Bromsgrove had to hold on but Jon Critchlow’s penalty ensured they recorded a vital victory.
Bromsgrove take on local rivals Birmingham Solihull at Portway on Saturday (2pm ko).
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