RUGBY UNION - Bromsgrove suffer last gasp defeat at Banbury - The Bromsgrove Standard

RUGBY UNION - Bromsgrove suffer last gasp defeat at Banbury

Aaron Sutcliffe 30th Jan, 2024 Updated: 30th Jan, 2024   0

BROMSGROVE RFC suffered an agonising 25-23 defeat away at Banbury after the home side kicked a last gasp penalty to win the game.

Tries from Ed Spalding and Drew Harper and 13 points from the boot of Will Tanner look to have earned the Boars the points at Bodicote Park.

However, after 10 minutes of added time, Banbury won a penalty and duly kicked the resulting penalty to deny Bromsgrove a first away win since the turn of the year.

The result means the Boars sit eighth in the Regional 1 Midlands table.

Bromsgrove took the lead after just five minutes when Spalding crashed over following a good break and offload from Tom Cubitt with Tanner adding the extras.

Tanner kicked a penalty to extend the Boars lead to 10 points before Banbury responded with a try of their own only for Tanner to kick another penalty soon after.




However, after making multiple infringements shortly before half time, Bromsgrove had a player sent to the sin bin and Banbury made the most of the man advantage to score a try but missed the conversion.

And the home side struck again after the break, with the Boars still down to 14 players, as Banbury scored a converted try to take a six-point lead.


The Boars received another yellow card, having only just returned to a full complement of players, as Banbury kicked the resulting penalty to take a two-score lead.

However, the visitors hit back with their second try when Harper took a quick tap and smashed his way through the Banbury defence with Tanner adding the extras to reduce the deficit to two points.

And the Boars completed the turnaround when Tanner kicked a penalty to hand the visitors a one-point lead with 10 minutes left to play.

Much to the away side’s bemusement, the referee played 10 additional minutes as Banbury eventually won a penalty and kicked the ball through the posts to deny the Boars at the death.

Bromsgrove are next in action at home to Syston on Saturday, February 3 with kick-off at 2.15pm at Finstall Park.

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