Baxter hails Bromsgrove's 'best ever' win

Droitwich Advertiser: Try-time: Boars’ Warren Oliver dives over to score against Stourbridge. Try-time: Boars’ Warren Oliver dives over to score against Stourbridge.

HEAD coach Ross Baxter hailed Saturday’s stunning victory over runaway leaders Stourbridge as one of the best wins in Bromsgrove’s history.

The Boars recorded a famous 21-12 win on their first visit to Stourton Park to stun the table-toppers.

More impressively, they stopped the National North Two leaders’ 18-match winning streak in the league and inflicted their first loss of the campaign.

Baxter admitted the victory was the best during his five years at the helm of the Finstall Park outfit.

He said: “The club is still on a high from the under-6s to the president.

“We’ve always set a target to beat sides in the top six but to defeat Stourbridge in their great form is the best result in the club’s history.

“We always go out to win but considering their record and quality we could not have predicted this.

“We had to put in a National League One performance to win the game, so it really is an absolutely and thoroughly deserved brilliant result.”

The Boars have had to introduce younger players after the loss of Caolan Ryan and Drew Harper to the Saxons, who top the Black Country side’s scoring and try charts, but the win backed-up Baxter’s belief in the side.

He said: “The win was down to a number of factors and a lot of it has been down to the ground work over the last few months.

“We’ve worked very hard on our set pieces and that meant we could stand up to Stourbridge’s.

“Our scrummaging was fantastic as were our line-outs.

“We had to play in their Bromsgrove’s half and it forced them to play. It meant we played a little longer than normal but it paid off.

“We’ve had some bedding down as players left and we brought in younger ones but it was hugely satisfying to propel a team to such a great result from a coach’s point of view.”

Bromsgrove are now set to face Leicester Lions at home in the league on Saturday (2.15pm ko).

Volunteers may be needed to help make sure the game is on and anyone interested in helping can call the club on 01527 874690.

On Saturday, Stourbridge had an army of volunteers clear the snow off the pitch at Stourton Park.

Baxter added: “It was a tremendous effort by Stourbridge.

“Hopefully there will be a bit of a thaw by the end of the week but if any of our supporters can lend a hand would be great.”

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