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Lots of positives as Boars lose in Otley
5:57pm Wednesday 11th September 2013 in Sport
Otley 29, Bromsgrove 16
YOUTHFUL Bromsgrove may have opened with a defeat in the National North Two but there was plenty of positives to take.
The Boars showed plenty of spirit after they found themselves trailing 19-0 at half-time.
But strong performances of David Hughes, James Young and Craig Mortelmans means there is plenty of reasons to be positive.
The Finstall Park outfit had made a strong start and were camped in Otley’s half but when Aaron Higgins was sin-binned the home team took control.
On their first visit to Bromsgrove’s 22 superior numbers told and the hosts scored a converted try through centre James Mackie.
With the game opening up, Otley’s number eight Dan Temm was becoming more influential and following a searing break from the tail of a line-out, only a desperate last ditch tackle by Sam Bastock prevented a further score.
James Wood then bagged an unconverted try in the corner.
Bromsgrove looked to hit back through Young following a touch-line break by Higgins only for him to be called back for a foot in touch when a try seemed certain.
Otley extended their lead further from the resulting line-out when winger Wood split the Bromsgrove defence from a beautifully timed inside pass by fly-half Mark Ireland, who duly converted.
The game continued to ebb and flow in the second period with Bromsgrove showing an ability to create chances but failing to convert them through poor execution and over eagerness.
Bromsgrove scored two penalties but Otley made it 22-9 with a kick of their own.
Ollie Bache pulled one back and Richard Maloney converted but it was too little too late for the Boars, who host Luctonians (3pm ko) on Saturday.
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