Shropshire is All Black as Bridgnorth do the league double over Newport.
The second discipline in the RFU Code of conduct is R for RESPECT.
Local Derby matches especially between Newport and Bridgnorth are always close encounters on the field of play, but before todays battle commenced, the Referee called both teams together and the whole stadium paid respect in the traditional manner, to the families of Doug McGill and Jill Spencer who had all made huge contributions to Bridgnorth and a round of applause for Jason Francis and Alice his lovely partner who also died recently in Australia. Jason had ties to both Clubs
A worse tragedy on the other side of the world is hard to imagine.
Our hearts go out to all concerned.
Rugby in Newport was first played at Adams Grammar School in 1871. Newport RFC, like Bridgnorth had very spartan changing accommodation in Water Lane with a rented pitch on the outskirts.
The Club had Harper Adams, the Army and Airforce close by and quickly became the dominant Shropshire Club winning the Shropshire Challenge Cup a record number of times.
The Professional era crept in and all Clubs had their ups and downs with both Newport and Bridgnorth tasting both promotion and relegation. The creation by both Clubs of a vibrant Mini and Junior section hopefully will produce the players of the future.
On the pitch with both sides producing a heavyweight pack, Bridgnorth won the first set piece and with Will Bishop dictating play Bridgnorth kept the Newport defence busy. Bridgnorth spurned at least three Penalty chances until at last Llew Williams opened the scoring.
Newport responded with a good try and an excellent conversion to take the lead 3-7
Two swerving runs from Jordan Burgess and deft kicking by Bishop brought another penalty from Williams to make Bridgnorth just behind 6-7 at the break.
Good pressure from the restart brought Bridgnorth a penalty which normally reliable Llew Williams
pulled just wide. The Bridgnorth pack drove hard for the line. Gareth Bladen broke clear and quick hands and dummy pass from Bishop gave Llew William the try.His own conversion made the score 13-7. Ryan Smeilus, Richard Hooper and Ben Rochelle all got a run out and Rich Addison nipped in for an unconverted try to complete the scoring..
Newport fought back getting within 5 metres of the Bridgnorth line but Bridgnorth won a penalty for Will Bishop to make sure of his kick over the fir trees and victory by 18 points to 7.
A good performance by Bridgnorth to complete the double over Newport with everyone playing their part well but for his best performance to date, the Bridgnorth Tanners Man of the Match was Will Bishop,
Next week Bridgnorth play Dudley K in the Final of the North Midlands Cup. It is FRIDAY 15th at Stourbridge.
Bridgnorth have come close in the past but never actually won it so good support required
Quilter Kids First Champions winner – February: Henley Hawks RFC