Bridgnorth 52 Walsall 7
All-Blacks back on form
Match photos by Dave Cooper - CLICK HERE!
Bridgnorth bounced back from their unexpected defeat by Stratford last week to achieve an accomplished and well deserved victory against Walsall on the Edgar Davies ground.
From the kick-off, great interplay from the whole back division, led to Simon Fletcher, drafted in to Stand-off, passing outside him, then turning up on the left wing to skirt the opposition defence to score under the posts. Will Biddell converted the simple kick.
Ed John, having a powerful game, was next to cross for Biddell to double the score
Walsall had their moments and after twenty minutes added a goal to keep them in touch 14-7.
A clever little kick through from Simon Fletcher put Elliot Brooks in over the line for Biddell to convert to making the score 21-7.
Fletcher then bagged another for himself as an attempted chip over the top ricocheted back into his hands, giving him a run in for a converted try.
The forwards, with Ryan Smeilus and Danny Griffiths to the fore, continued to dominate and a good pack effort gave Darren Brick the honour. The conversion came close. Darren Brick again made the hard yards for Alex Grainger to score. The conversion left the score 38-7 at the break.
During the break, a fantastic display by the All-Blacks Minis and Micros doing the Maori Haka, really pulled on the heartstrings and showed the Bridgnorth Clubs fantastic strength and enthusiasm in depth, at every level.
Jamie Ramsey coming on, made his presence felt, for another bulldozer, in the shape of Will Crossley, to crash over for Biddell to make the difficult kick.
However, Bridgnorth conceded penalty after penalty and the usual second half yellow card went to Elliot Brooks
Clever use of the subs bench gave advantage to the All-Blacks and a strong intelligent burst from Alex Grainger, on half way, set Will Biddell bursting through the visitors feeble defence, for a fantastic solo effort. That, and the conversion, was sufficient to make him The Black Horse Man of the match from several contenders.
Elliot Brooks made up for his earlier indiscretion with some good runs but the Walsall defence held firm.
Next week Bridgnorth travel to Whitchurch. Bournville beat them this week 27-8 and Bridgnorth won 21-12 on the first day of the season, so that looks like another cliffhanger.
Good support requested.