September 30th, 2016

Boars glad to return to winning ways

Boars glad to return to winning ways Boars glad to return to winning ways
Jon Critchlow in action against Longton. Picture courtesy of Andrew Jepson.

DIRECTOR of rugby Dan Protherough is pleased his side finally put an end to their three-game losing streak with a 30-25 victory over Longton.

The Boars moved up to sixth in the National League 3 Midlands table after beating third-from-bottom side Longton on Saturday (February 3) and face a week off before returning to action at home against Newport on Saturday, February 13.

And for Protherough, he hopes the win will spark a good run of form.

“I am very pleased that we got the victory and to be back on track in the league,” he said.

“The performance from the lads was good and they showed great character and energy.

“Hopefully we can go on a winning streak now but we’ve got a week off now so it will give time for injured players to recover.”

Following defeats to Syston, Hinckley and Lichfield, the Boars started the game at Lognton well as James Upton converted an early penalty.

Longton then took a 10-3 lead courtesy of two tries before Upton converted another penalty to reduce Boars’ arrears.

Ollie Bache bagged himself a try to give Bromsgrove the lead, followed by Upton adding the extra points to make it 16-10.

After Craig Mortelmans was sin binned for the Boars, Longton hit back with two tries to edge in front.

Jon Critchlow powered through the Longton defence to touch down with Upton again adding the extras.

Boars were awarded a penalty try later in the game to increase their advantage, with the reliable Upton converting the extras.

Tom Hunt scored the Boars’ fifth try of the game with Upton rounding off a thrilling afternoon of rugby with another conversion.

Protherough put the recent bad form down to the Christmas break and explained the lads have had to work hard in training to get fit.

“Looking back at the poor run of form, I’d put it down to the festive break we had,” he said.

“Players had comeback nowhere near as sharp as we wanted them to be but it’s a social time so the players deserve time with their friends and families.

“The lads realised that we needed to train at a higher intensity so we recently we have been trying to work much harder.

“Hopefully the intense training sessions will get us back to a good level of fitness.”

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