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1st XV - Match centre

Whitchurch
Bridgnorth
Tries
E John, B Rochelle, W Crossley, S Fletcher, D Griffiths
Conversions
S Fletcher (3)
Sat 16 Apr 15:00 - Midlands Division - Midlands 1 West Full time

Whitchurch 13 Bridgnorth 31

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Bridgnorth Win League Title

Match Photos by Dave Cooper - CLICK HERE!

Bridgnorth travelled over to Shropshire local rivals Whitchurch knowing that 2 points would mathematically secure the Midlands 1 West title but the All Blacks went one further and got all 5 points to seal the league emphatically and gain promotion to the national leagues!

The away team ran out onto the pitch to a huge roar from the masses of supporters who have been travelling to all away games this season cheering on the team and quite often outnumbered home support.

The match started with Bridgnorth putting the home side under pressure and winning a number of penalties which were kicked to the corner but each time good home defence held out everything that was thrown at them.

Will Biddell took a knock to the head and had to leave the field which meant flanker Grainger with his lifting blocks and scrum cap on had to stand out on the wing. Another knock to Seb Brooks meant second row Nick Davies also had to join the back line on the other wing but unfortunately Brooks returned to the field after treatment.

Bridgnorth were dominating a lot of the game but without reward but Bladen took a quick tap to break down into the home 22 area where a Whitchurch player was caught offside preventing a potential try and was sent to the bin. Another catch and drive for Bridgnorth allowed Ed John to break off and stretch out to dot the ball down for the opening try after 20 minutes. This was then converted by Simon Fletcher.

Whitchurch competed very well all game and ran the ball from everywhere causing a few problems. Bridgnorth started to concede penalties which allowed their full back to slot 2 over and reduce the deficit to 1 point.

The half time whittle was about to be blown and Bridgnorth were pushing for another score to ease the pressure which eventually came through Yarper Rochelle who crashed over from a catch and drive. The conversion was missed and the half ended 12-6.

The All Blacks started the second half with the strong wind on their backs and intelligent kicking by Fletcher pinned the home side back. A clean line out for Bridgnorth allowed the ball to be quickly moved out for Ted Parker to lift the ball to bulldozing Crossley who broke through and dived over for the try which was converted.

A good start to the second half got Bridgnorths tails up who were starting to really dominate the hundreds of scrums through great work by Griffiths, Smeilus, John and Stirling. A number of scrums on the home try line failed to just get over but one pass out to Fletcher allowed him to bosh his opposite number over the line to get the 4th bonus point try and get one hand on the league title. Fletcher also added the extras.

Whitchurch were still a constant threat with ball in hand with hard carries in the forwards and quick feet out wide give them an overlap and their wing to touch down in the corner which was well converted and to give them a change of a comeback.

Bridgnorth quickly wiped away any Whitchurch hopes with another strong catch and drive with Adam Stirling controlling and steering towards the line for Pumba to pinch the ball and score. Fletcher hit the post with the conversion attempt.

The game eventually petered out with the final score 31-13 and the Bridgnorth celebrations commenced with champagne sprayed everywhere. Man of the Match went to Simon Fletcher.

The players, coaches and the whole club have put in a huge amount of work all season which has all paid off taking Bridgnorth to the highest level the club has ever been to and will now compete in National 3 Midlands next season. Congratulations to everyone involved!

There is still one more game to go on the 30th April where they take on Hereford on the EDG 3:00pm KO. Bridgnorth lost to Hereford earlier in the season but will be looking to finish the season off on a high as they deserve to!

Gareth Bladen

Quilter Kids First Skills Series: Hide the Attacker

Simon Fletcher

Player of the Match

Simon Fletcher

Key moments

20:00
Try Ed John scores for Bridgnorth
20:00
Conversion Simon Fletcher kicks a conversion for Bridgnorth
39:00
Try Ben Rochelle scores for Bridgnorth
45:00
Try Will Crossley scores for Bridgnorth
45:00
Conversion Simon Fletcher kicks a conversion for Bridgnorth
60:00
Try Simon Fletcher scores for Bridgnorth
60:00
Conversion Simon Fletcher kicks a conversion for Bridgnorth
70:00
Try Dan Griffiths scores for Bridgnorth

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Simon Fletcher is awarded player of the match for Bridgnorth
70:00 Try 0 - 31
Dan Griffiths scores for Bridgnorth
60:00 Try 0 - 24
Simon Fletcher scores for Bridgnorth
60:00 Try Assist
Gareth Bladen makes an assist for Bridgnorth
60:00 Conversion 0 - 26
Simon Fletcher kicks a conversion for Bridgnorth
45:00 Try 0 - 17
Will Crossley scores for Bridgnorth
45:00 Conversion 0 - 19
Simon Fletcher kicks a conversion for Bridgnorth
45:00 Try Assist
Teddy Parker makes an assist for Bridgnorth
End of period 1
39:00 Try 0 - 12
Ben Rochelle scores for Bridgnorth
20:00 Try 0 - 5
Ed John scores for Bridgnorth
20:00 Conversion 0 - 7
Simon Fletcher kicks a conversion for Bridgnorth
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As it happened

  • Whitchurch
  • Bridgnorth
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  • Ed John Try 20:00'
  • Simon Fletcher Conversion 20:00'
  • Ben Rochelle Try 39:00'
  • Will Crossley Try 45:00'
  • Simon Fletcher Conversion 45:00'
  • Teddy Parker Try Assist 45:00'
  • Simon Fletcher Try 60:00'
  • Gareth Bladen Try Assist 60:00'
  • Simon Fletcher Conversion 60:00'
  • Dan Griffiths Try 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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