BROMSGROVE’S unbeaten run was ended by a rampant Hinckley side who climbed to the top of the table following an impressive win at Finstall Park.
Dan Protherough’s side were in confident mood and took an early lead, but after moving ahead Hinckley did not look back as they scored three tries in the second half to settle the contest.
Although the Leicestershire side won the match, it was the hosts who looked the better side from the kick off and earned a penalty, which Jon Critchlow put wide.
They were also holding their own in the scrum, but after Kev Salisbury went off with a calf muscle injury their dominance began to tell and the penalty count started to climb.
Bromsgrove did break the deadlock, though, as Tom Hunt finished off a complicated passing move. Critchlow added the extras to give his side a 7-0 lead.
But Hinckley hit back straight away with a Mark Lord penalty on 16 minutes before the referee awarded Hinckley a penalty try, which Lord duly dispatched.
After the break, Bromsgrove got the first points of the half with a penalty to make it 10-10, but Joe Glover cancelled Critchlow’s kick out with a long range effort.
Lord was guilty of missing an easy penalty chance, but the next score did eventually go to Hinckley when Glover cut through the defence and went over. Lord converted it.
The momentum was shifting in Hinckley’s favour and they added another converted try, with Mitch Lamb crossing to take a 27-10 lead.
Bromsgrove gave themselves a glimmer of hope when Dave Lewis brilliantly sidestepped three defenders to go in under the posts.
But Hinckley showed great resilience, with skipper Alex Salt leading from the front, and it was Ben Avent who had the last word when he crashed over late on.