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1st XV - Match centre

Bridgnorth
Walsall
S Fletcher (2), E John, E Brooks, D Brick, A Grainger, W Crossley, W Biddell
Tries
W Biddell (6)
Conversions
Sat 9 Apr 15:00 - Midlands Division - Midlands 1 West Full time

Bridgnorth 52 Walsall 7

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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.

Bob Turner

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Will Biddell

Player of the Match

Will Biddell

Key moments

5:00
Try Simon Fletcher scores for Bridgnorth
5:00
Conversion Will Biddell kicks a conversion for Bridgnorth
10:00
Try Ed John scores for Bridgnorth
10:00
Conversion Will Biddell kicks a conversion for Bridgnorth
15:00
Try Elliot Brooks scores for Bridgnorth
15:00
Conversion Will Biddell kicks a conversion for Bridgnorth
25:00
Try Simon Fletcher scores for Bridgnorth
30:00
Try Darren Brick scores for Bridgnorth
35:00
Try Alex Grainger scores for Bridgnorth
35:00
Conversion Will Biddell kicks a conversion for Bridgnorth
50:00
Try Will Crossley scores for Bridgnorth
50:00
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

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Will Biddell is awarded player of the match for Bridgnorth
70:00 Try 50 - 0
Will Biddell scores for Bridgnorth
70:00 Conversion 52 - 0
Will Biddell kicks a conversion for Bridgnorth
60:00 Yellow Card
Elliot Brooks is yellow carded for Bridgnorth
50:00 Try 43 - 0
Will Crossley scores for Bridgnorth
50:00 Conversion 45 - 0
Will Biddell kicks a conversion for Bridgnorth
End of period 1
35:00 Try 36 - 0
Alex Grainger scores for Bridgnorth
35:00 Try Assist
Simon Fletcher makes an assist for Bridgnorth
35:00 Conversion 38 - 0
Will Biddell kicks a conversion for Bridgnorth
30:00 Try 31 - 0
Darren Brick scores for Bridgnorth
25:00 Try 26 - 0
Simon Fletcher scores for Bridgnorth
15:00 Try Assist
Simon Fletcher makes an assist for Bridgnorth
15:00 Try 19 - 0
Elliot Brooks scores for Bridgnorth
15:00 Conversion 21 - 0
Will Biddell kicks a conversion for Bridgnorth
10:00 Try 12 - 0
Ed John scores for Bridgnorth
10:00 Conversion 14 - 0
Will Biddell kicks a conversion for Bridgnorth
5:00 Try 5 - 0
Simon Fletcher scores for Bridgnorth
5:00 Try Assist
Darren Brick makes an assist for Bridgnorth
5:00 Conversion 7 - 0
Will Biddell kicks a conversion for Bridgnorth
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As it happened

  • Bridgnorth
  • Walsall
  • 0
  • Simon Fletcher Try 5:00'
  • Darren Brick Try Assist 5:00'
  • Will Biddell Conversion 5:00'
  • Ed John Try 10:00'
  • Will Biddell Conversion 10:00'
  • Elliot Brooks Try 15:00'
  • Simon Fletcher Try Assist 15:00'
  • Will Biddell Conversion 15:00'
  • Simon Fletcher Try 25:00'
  • Darren Brick Try 30:00'
  • Alex Grainger Try 35:00'
  • Simon Fletcher Try Assist 35:00'
  • Will Biddell Conversion 35:00'
  • Will Crossley Try 50:00'
  • Will Biddell Conversion 50:00'
  • Elliot Brooks Yellow Card 60:00'
  • Will Biddell Try 70:00'
  • Will Biddell Conversion 70:00'

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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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