22nd Feb, 2020

Protherough upbeat despite Bromsgrove's narrow defeat to Ivybridge

Craig Gibbons 24th Jan, 2017

DIRECTOR of rugby Dan Protherough says Bromsgrove need to start taking their chances if they withstand any chance of avoiding relegation from National 3 South West.

Since their level transfer from National 3 Midlands, the Boars have struggled with life in the South West and slumped to their 15th defeat of the campaign on Saturday after being edged out 28-21 at third placed Ivybridge.

Will Harris and Oliver Bache grabbed tries while a hat-trick of penalties and conversion from James Upton completed Bromsgrove’s scoring.

But despite sitting rock bottom of the table, Protherough insisted there was plenty of positives to take from a narrow defeat.

“We played really well and probably should have won but we missed a few kicks at goal and was not ruthless enough in front of the try line,” he said.

“When we have played the top sides and lost it’s been at home so to have put on such a good performance away from home was a good effort and proved we are getting stronger as the season goes by.

“All we can do is focus on one league game at a time and if we can win another six or seven games we have a good chance of staying up.”

Bromsgrove have a good opportunity to get their just their third win of the season on Saturday when they welcome second-from-bottom Launceston to Finstall Park.

Protherough has a full strength squad for the clash but he stressed the importance of focusing on the game itself and not what the result will mean.

“Saturday is a big opportunity for us to get another win but it’s a case of focusing on the little things and not worrying about our league position,” he said.

“If we start to focus on our league position it is not going to help us in the future so we have to just take each game as it comes.

“I think at the moment our future is a double-edged sword because if we win some games towards the end of the season and stay up it bodes well for next season but if we get relegated, we will be back in the Midlands leagues and will be able to play sides in-and-around us.”

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