BROMSGROVE suffered their third straight defeat in the National League Three Midlands after being beaten by Old Northamptonians 36-22.
Missing several key first team players, the Boars could not prevent Old N’s from recording their seventh win of the season, and their second over Bromsgrove.
The hosts won the toss and elected to play up the slope, but it was the Boars who made early ground after a series of good attacks led to the first try and conversion of the game.
After several recycling moves, Paul Norris punched his way over the line, giving James Upton an easy conversion to put the Boars 7-0 up after four minutes.
No less than five minutes later, Old N’s drew level as Jake Spencer made the most of some poor defending to touch down before Alex Rose kicked the conversion to restore parity.
Old N’s continued to pile on the pressure and pulled ahead after Rose converted a penalty following the collapse of a Boars scrum in the 25th minute.
Old N’s got their second try of the game soon after as Ben Briddon finished off a driving maul before Rose judged the wind expertly to land a difficult conversion to put the hosts 17-7 up.
From the restart, the Boars disrupted an Old N’s attack from deep, causing them to concede a penalty which Upton kicked over to reduce the deficit to seven points.
After Jon Malings was given a yellow card and 10 minutes off the field, Old N’s capitalised on the extra man advantage as Calum Brennan touched down followed by another Rose conversion, sending Old N’s into half-time 24-10 in front.
Following the interval, despite Rose’s sin-binning, Old N’s got their bonus try point shortly after as Chris McKee touched down under the posts with Rory Seymour converting to put Boars 31-10 behind.
Despite a brilliant try saving challenge from Boars’ Sam Bostock, they could not prevent Old N’s adding to their score as Ben Briddon propelled over the line but Rose’s conversion hit the post, making it 36-10 to the hosts.
A poor Old N’s clearance was capitalised on by Tom Hunt who weaved his way through several defenders before touching down before Upton kicked the extras to reduce the deficit to 19.
Old N’s were reduced to 14 men once again after McKee was sent to the bin and from the ensuing penalty, the Boars worked their way up field to score their third try of the game courtesy of Malings.
Bromsgrove’s next game sees them take on Hereford in the North Midlands Cup (plate) on Wednesday night before making the trip to Peterborough Lions in the league on Saturday.
Pictures courtesy of Andrew Jepson.