Bridgnorth v Burton on Trent Saturday 12th October – Result 55 – 19
Bridgnorth welcomed Burton on Trent to the Edgar Davies Ground with the home side sitting above Burton in the league table and hoping to continue their recent fine run of form and claim their fourth consecutive league victory. Bridgnorth opted to retain skipper Calum Madden at loose head prop with props Ed John and Joe Cave providing strong back up from the bench.
On 5 minutes centre Llew Williams made a break and wing Ricky Bailey was tackled into touch just short of the Burton Line. Bridgnorth pressured the Burton throw and Loti Molitika crashed over to give the home side a 5-0 lead. With Joe Cave coming on for the injured George Newman on 11 minutes the home supporters were then treated to a special try. Wing Marley Finn fielded the ball close to his own try line, after evading several tackles and an interchange of passes with full back Mike Penn the winger scored at the opposite end under the posts which Williams converted for a 12-0 lead. Loti Molitika was then sin binned for an infringement close to the Bridgnorth line and Burton took advantage of the extra player with a push over try after Bridgnorth had knocked on trying to run the ball out of defence, the conversion making the score 12-7 after 25 minutes. A fine run from centre Ted Parker was halted by a high tackle which saw the Burton winger sin binned and Williams kicking the penalty. Another Bridgnorth knock on allowed burton to kick through for the touchdown which went unconverted, the lead now 15-12 to north. Just before half time Bridgnorth scored two quick tries through Finn and Molitika, the latter securing the try bonus point. Finn’s second try of the game was another one to remember with Mike Penn marking an up and under in his own 22 and taking a quick tap to feed fly half Sam Brown who interchanged passes with Finn who outpaced the defenders to score under the posts for a length of the field try . Williams converted both tries to make the half time score 29-12 in Bridgnorth’s favour.
The second half started with Penn kicking well to pin Burton in their own 22, north again pressured the Burton throw to regain possession and after several phases of play prop George Newman powered over having returned to the action following his earlier blood injury, Williams converting. Prop Ed John and wing Jordan Burgess came on from the bench and with his first touch of the ball Burgess intercepted a Burton pass to sprint in under the posts for a 43-12 lead following the conversion. On 60 minutes Cave came back on to replace Evitt with Newman moving to hooker. Following a string of penalties against Bridgnorth Burton took a quick tap to score their final points of the game with a converted try to trail 43-19. On 70 minutes following a good break from Sam Brown Marley Finn dummied his way over for his hat trick and an unconverted try. With the final play of the game Finn rounded of a fine display with a precision kick to the corner which Jordan Burgess collected with great skill to cross the line despite the close attention of the Burton defence. Williams’s conversion making the final score 55-19, north able to deny Burton the try bonus point with resolute defence.
With the whole pack playing well Loti Molitika was the pick of the forwards, the Tanners Wines man of the match was awarded to young wing Marley Finn, who not only scored three tries but had a fine all round game, his restarts constantly putting pressure on the Burton defence. The ability of several pack members to be able to play in various forward positions enabled north to use their interchanges well with the bench all getting good game time. The victory leaves Bridgnorth in sixth position in the league table and heading next week to Doncaster (KO 1PM)with momentum to further improve on their recent form against a team with only one win so far this season.