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Protherough confident Bromsgrove are 'close' to turning their fortunes around

Craig Gibbons 6th Oct, 2016 Updated: 17th Oct, 2016

DAN PROTHEROUGH believes Bromsgrove are close to turning a corner as they came within inches of securing their first National Three South West victory over the weekend.

The Boars remain rock bottom of the table after five games but a more spirited performance on Saturday at Finstall Park saw them narrowly edged out 30-28 by Ivybridge.

Bobby Green and Charles Baffour-Awuah touched down for the Boars while a penalty try completed their scoring.

Despite slumping to their fifth straight defeat, boss Protherough praised his side’s ‘best performance’ of the season so far and is confident they will turn a corner.

He said: “We played well as a team but a few unfortunate errors cost us. Apart from that, it was the best performance of the season so far.

“Every time we took the lead we gave it back to them quite quickly but I think that comes with confidence.

“When you have lost your last four games in a row it’s knowing how to get over the line and being more clinical.

“Ivybridge have been the best side we have played so far and we matched them which was very encouraging and hopefully this weekend will be a turning corner for us.”

The Boars will hope for their first win on Saturday when they make the long trip to Cornish-based side Launceston.

Protherough will be without Paul Norris (rib), Tom Hardwick (eye) and Will Harris (knee) but he’s confident the Boars can turn their season around and climb back into positive points.

“We are still adapting to the style of rugby in this division but we are getting there,” he said. “After a tough summer things are looking positive – training is going well, the attitude is right and we’ve got some players coming back.

“There’s a good feeling within the group we are going to turn a corner.”

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