BROMSGROVE RFC were knocked off the top in the Midlands Premier after the Boars suffered a 31-0 defeat at the hands of Newport Salop.
Trailing 19-0 at half-time, Bromsgrove were unable to trouble the scoreboard in the second period as their six-game winning came to a crushing end.
The defeat means the Boars have slipped to fourth in the table – two points behind leaders Sheffield, the only other side to beat Bromsgrove so far this season.
Despite some intense early pressure from the Boars, Newport proved to be a resilient outfit in defence and held firm in the opening exchanges before scoring the game’s first try.
A penalty allowed Newport to kick up-field and from the resulting lineout the home side forced their way over the line.
And their second try came shortly after when some indecision in the Bromsgrove back line saw the ball turned over and worked out wide before Newport’s left wing scored in the corner.
The home side added one further try to their total before the break to head into the interval with a healthy 19-0 advantage.
Bromsgrove had the wind and slope against them in the second period but kept Newport at bay for much of the half before conceding two late tries.
Newport’s pressure eventually told with five minutes left to play as they went through the middle of the Boars defence to score a bonus point try.
The hosts then scored their final try from a lineout to seal Bromsgrove’s fate who lose for just the second time this season in eight matches.
Bromsgrove return to action against Nuneaton on Saturday, November 20 with kick-off at 2:15pm.