BROMSGROVE’S Dan Protherough says his side’s 19-15 Midlands Premier loss at Burton last weekend was not for a lack of trying.
Trailing 12-0 at half-time to Kamva Lunqe and Will Simpson scores – who converted his own effort, the Boars turned the tables in the second half to go in front, courtesy of Ross Attwood’s two-try salvo, plus a conversion and a penalty from James Upton.
A late revival by the hosts put Burton back in front after Simpson scored and converted his second try of the afternoon, rendering all of Bromsgrove’s hard work as pointless.
Protherough admits he is he unable to feel too hard done by despite losing the game, having witnessed a dominant performance from his side at Peel Croft.
“It was a very tight game, they scored in the last few minutes to win it, but we had most of the ball and showed a lot of effort to go in front,” he said.
“We didn’t show the quality needed to kill the game off, we just didn’t go for the knockout blow.
“I don’t think it was through complacency, it was a good overall effort and I can’t fault them. If we showed a bit more quality, then we take those chances.”
The result drops Bromsgrove down a place into sixth, ahead of welcoming eighth-placed Doncaster Phoenix on Saturday (2.15pm).
Incidentally, Doncaster are experiencing a similar kind of run to that of Burton prior to last weekend’s game – having lost four in succession.
And in terms of recent history, the last meeting also stands in favour of the Boars having won November’s reverse fixture at Castlepark 15-8.
Whether Phoenix will put an end to their winless streak remains to be seen, but Protherough is almost certain that his team are in for a battle at Finstall Road.
“As I’ve said before, there is very little between a lot of teams in this league,” said the Boars chief.
“The difference is always down to who lacks a bit of cutting edge, when we get chances we have to hope that we take them, and we’ve trained hard in order to do that.”
With just six games remaining until the end of the season, Protherough says there is no clear target in mind for Bromsgrove, adding: “We want to win every game, but we’ve just got to focus on the most immediate fixture – that’s always how we approach things.”