BROMSGROVE RFC remain top of the Midlands Premier league despite falling to a 28-24 defeat against Sandbach RUFC after almost producing a miraculous second-half comeback.
The Boars trailed 22-0 at half-time and came roaring back in the second period to secure a losing bonus point with the last play of the game.
Defeat means Bromsgrove remain top of the table on points difference from Newport (Salop) who have a game in-hand on the Boars.
Playing uphill and into the wind made life difficult for Bromsgrove in the opening 40 minutes as they trailed by 22 points at the interval.
However, the visitors responded with an inspired second-half showing that began with Ed Spalding diving over for a converted score before Will Harris kicked a penalty.
A Sandbach penalty put the hosts three scores ahead before Jack Tharme went over after Rich Hance broke the line with Harris again adding the extras.
Another Sandbach penalty took the wind out of Bromsgrove’s sails who were unable to reduce the deficit until Drew Harper forced his way over with the last play of the game.
Bromsgrove finish the year with a home match against third place Sheffield on Saturday, December 18 with kick-off at 2.15pm at Finstall Park.