Doncaster Phoenix v Bridgnorth Saturday 19th October – Result 31 – 31 Phoenix ground share with championship side Doncaster Knights so Bridgnorth travelled to Doncaster for an early 1pm kick off with 3 players making their first starts of the season. Jonah Boyce starting at prop and Elliot Brookes and Alex Gordan providing cover from the bench. When Brookes came on in the second half he became the 29th player to be used by Bridgnorth this season with only 7 games gone. Bridgnorth started well and following several phases of play the ball was moved to Jordan Burgess to score an unconverted try in the corner to take the lead. Doncaster scored a penalty following a collapsed scrum and then added a converted try for a 10-5 lead. Jordan Burgess then scored again in the corner following good possession, the conversion by Williams from wide out hitting the post to bring the scores level at 10-10. Bridgnorth forwards had the edge on their opponents but were unable to add to the score until the 33rd minute, following a scrum on the Doncaster 22 Burgess ran well to feed Mike Penn who showed good footwork to put second row Jake Goulson in for the try. Williams converted to put the visitors in front 10-17. Just before half time the strong running Doncaster centre powered through from a set piece to score under the posts, the conversion making the half time score level at 17 – 17. Early into the second half Bridgnorth gained a penalty for a scrum infringement and opted to kick for the corner. From the subsequent line out Goulson crashed over for his second try and secured the try bonus point for his team, Williams converting. Skipper Calum Madden was forced to leave the field with a neck injury and Alex Gordan came on for his first team debut and made an immediate impact. After a kick through Ricky Bailey was stopped just short, the ball was recycled and passed to Gordan who scored under the posts. The conversion by Williams giving Bridgnorth a 31 – 17 lead with only 8 minutes gone in the second half. Doncaster then had a player sin binned for a late hit on fly half Sam Brown and Bridgnorth looked to be in a dominant position. North were unable to add to their score with the one man advantage and then had Alex Gordan sin binned with only 10 minutes remaining. Doncaster took advantage of the sin binning to score two late converted tries to tie the scores 31-31 at full time. North will be disappointed to let a healthy lead slip but credit is due to a Doncaster side that never gave up and finished the game strongly. Both sides gained 3 points from the result, 2 points for the draw and a try bonus point apiece. Next week Bridgnorth are holding their “Ladies Day “and welcome Kettering to the Edgar Davies Ground for the first time following their promotion last season.