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1st XV - Match centre

Bridgnorth
Stoke on Trent
G Bladen, S Alvey, N Davies, W Biddell
Tries
W Biddell (3)
Conversions
W Biddell (2)
Penalties
Sat 19 Mar 15:00 - Midlands Division - Midlands 1 West Full time

Bridgnorth 32 Stoke 21

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Match Photos by Ian Horsman (Triple Effect) - CLICK HERE!

Match Photos by Dave Cooper - CLICK HERE!

Bridgnorth chalked up their 18th win of the season and from the kick off kept the visitors penned in their own 22 for several minutes. Bridgnorth broke the golden rule to "Take the points" with a simple penalty chance from in front, to go for the extra point, but this time it paid off, and after some huffing and puffing Gareth Bladen eventually crossed. The in form Will Biddell added the conversion and two further penalties to put the All-blacks clear 13-0.

Bridgnorth 1sts v Stoke (H) 19/03/16
110 photos

Bridgnorth with a reshuffled pack struggled against their opposition and two front row offences brought six points for the visitors making the half time score 13-6

Both sides played running rugby with Will Crossley, Simon Fletcher,Richard Hooper and Darren Brick gaining ground but the Stoke forwards drove the Bridgnorth pack back for their stand off to drop a goal for a score of 13-9.

Stoke had some skilled players testing the Bridgnorth defences, but against the run of play Sam Alvey found himself with space on the left wing, using his considerable speed to score in the corner. Nick Davies also back in the fold, powered over for Will Biddell to convert. Will Biddell added to his impressive points tally with a goal all on his own, to bring the score 32-9.

Stoke didn't give up however and although Mike Preece joined the Bridnorth defence some indifferent tackling got Stoke to within 10 metres of the Bridgnorth line. They ignored a simple penalty chance opting for the set scrum and as Bridgnorth collapsed were awarded a penalty try. To make matters worse Darren Brick received the now customary late yellow card and Stoke were back in the game. Talented runners tested Bridgnorth and only a last ditch tackle from Ben Rochelle saved a certain try.

In the dying minutes Stoke did score an unconverted try for a final score 32-21.

Bridgnorth reinforced their lead at the top of the league. 9 points clear of Bournville in second place and with a game in hand

For his personal contribution to the score The Black Horse Man of the Match was Will Biddell.

The players observed a minutes silence as a tribute to stalwart Robin Worton who tragically died after a long illness.

Robin and his family all contributed greatly to the Clubs success over the early years and his humour and enthusiasm will be missed by his many friends in both Rugby and Golf circles.

Next week Bridgnorth's greatest challenge for years, is old rivals Newport in the semi final of the North Midlands Cup at the EDG.. It is to be hoped Bridgnorth will be at full strength to add to their bulging Trophys cabinet and their fantastic achievments in the last couple of years. Newport's website claim to be "Definitely the best Rugby Club in Shropshire" may be put to the test!

Bob Turner

Quilter Kids First Champions winner – November: Hinckley RFC

Will Biddell

Player of the Match

Will Biddell

Key moments

5:00
Try Gareth Bladen scores for Bridgnorth
5:00
Conversion Will Biddell kicks a conversion for Bridgnorth
15:00
Penalty Will Biddell kicks a penalty for Bridgnorth
25:00
Penalty Will Biddell kicks a penalty for Bridgnorth
50:00
Try Samuel Alvey scores for Bridgnorth
65:00
Try Nick Davies scores for Bridgnorth
65:00
Conversion Will Biddell kicks a conversion for Bridgnorth
70:00
Try Will Biddell scores for Bridgnorth
70:00
Conversion Will Biddell kicks a conversion for Bridgnorth

Videos and photos

Bridgnorth 1sts v Stoke (H) 19/03/16
110 photos

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Will Biddell is awarded player of the match for Bridgnorth
75:00 Yellow Card
Darren Brick is yellow carded for Bridgnorth
70:00 Try Assist
Tim Breakwell makes an assist for Bridgnorth
70:00 Try 30 - 0
Will Biddell scores for Bridgnorth
70:00 Conversion 32 - 0
Will Biddell kicks a conversion for Bridgnorth
65:00 Try 23 - 0
Nick Davies scores for Bridgnorth
65:00 Try Assist
Gareth Bladen makes an assist for Bridgnorth
65:00 Conversion 25 - 0
Will Biddell kicks a conversion for Bridgnorth
50:00 Try 18 - 0
Samuel Alvey scores for Bridgnorth
50:00 Try Assist
Adam Stirling makes an assist for Bridgnorth
End of period 1
25:00 Penalty 13 - 0
Will Biddell kicks a penalty for Bridgnorth
15:00 Penalty 10 - 0
Will Biddell kicks a penalty for Bridgnorth
5:00 Try 5 - 0
Gareth Bladen scores for Bridgnorth
5:00 Conversion 7 - 0
Will Biddell kicks a conversion for Bridgnorth
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As it happened

  • Bridgnorth
  • Stoke on Trent
  • 0
  • Gareth Bladen Try 5:00'
  • Will Biddell Conversion 5:00'
  • Will Biddell Penalty 15:00'
  • Will Biddell Penalty 25:00'
  • Samuel Alvey Try 50:00'
  • Adam Stirling Try Assist 50:00'
  • Nick Davies Try 65:00'
  • Gareth Bladen Try Assist 65:00'
  • Will Biddell Conversion 65:00'
  • Will Biddell Try 70:00'
  • Tim Breakwell Try Assist 70:00'
  • Will Biddell Conversion 70:00'
  • Darren Brick Yellow Card 75:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Bridgnorth 26 105
2. Bournville 26 92
3. Stratford Upon Avon 26 90
4. Hereford 26 81
5. Worcester Wanderers 26 72
6. Whitchurch 26 65
7. Dudley Kingswinford 25 65

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