Bridgnorth v Broadstreet Saturday 28th September – Result 55 – 34
Broadstreet travelled to Bridgnorth having lost their first three league games of the season but after gaining losing bonus points in two of those games a hard fought contest was anticipated. As it turned out Bridgnorth were the superior side on the day in a high scoring match but Broadstreet hung on until the final whistle to gain yet another bonus point scoring five tries in the process.
Broadstreet took the lead with a penalty kick after 5 minutes but two minutes later Bridgnorth scored a converted try through George Bvuma following a line break and strong running by Llew Williams to lead 7 -3. Bridgnorth then held good field position and dominated play for a period and following strong running and deft hands by props George Cave and Ed John the backs moved the ball for Williams to score in the corner, the centre then adding his second successful kick to convert his own try. On 30 minutes full back Mike Penn placed a clever kick close to the Broadstreet try line, the Bridgnorth forwards pressured the throw in and following a Broadstreet knock on had a push over try from the subsequent scrum by number eight Connor Nicholls, Williams adding the conversion for a 21 – 3 lead. It looked like Bridgnorth might gain a bonus point before half time but winger George Bvuma was then sin binned and Broadstreet scored a converted try to trail at half time 21 – 10.
The second half started with George Cave winning a penalty at a ruck for Bridgnorth, with a player down a kick at goal was expected but north opted to kick for the corner, following the line out win hooker Luis Evitt scored the try, his sixth try in only three appearances this season gaining the bonus point for his team. On 45 minutes Bridgnorth won a scrum against the head and Penn put another kick deep into his opponents half. North won the line out and attempted an unsuccessful drop goal which was marked by the Broadstreet full back, Connor Nicholls pressured the clearance kick which failed to make touch to allow Loti Molitika to extend the lead further still with a player in the bin. With Bridgnorth back to full strength Broadstreet then scored two quick tries one of which was converted to make the score 31 – 22, George Newman replaced Ed John for Bridgnorth. Luis Evitt was then unlucky to have a try ruled out before good work from Connor Nicholls put Callum Bradbury in at the corner for the score, well converted from the touchline by Williams, 38 – 22 to North. A deliberate knock on from the Broadstreet second row stopped a certain try and led to a sin binning, Bridgnorth opted for the scrum and Connor Nicholls put Sam Brown in for the try, Williams again converting from wide out. Gareth Bladen and Ben Rochelle came on for the last 10 minutes and Jake Goulson soon scored a converted try, Bridgnorth then won a penalty and opted to kick for goal, Williams successful with the kick to make the score 55 – 22 in their favour.
Bridgnorth will be a little disappointed that Broadstreet scored two late tries to secure their own bonus point but this was by far the best performance by Bridgnorth so far this season with the final tally being 55 – 34 in their favour. Several players could have been nominated for the Tanners Wines man of the match, full back Mike Penn taking the honours. Next week Bridgnorth make the short journey to Bromsgrove who sit two places above them in the league.