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Bromsgrove entertain despite Macclesfield defeat
12:27pm Monday 7th October 2013 in Sport
Macclesfield 43pts Bromsgrove 34
BROMSGROVE’S first visit to Macclesfield proved to be an entertaining affair.
Town got off to a flying start when skipper John Critchlow put up a towering up and under which wasn’t dealt with by the home defence and Phil Horton grasped the loose ball to dive over and score. Critchlow kicked the first of his six successful kicks – a 100 per cent record.
That poor start seemed to focus the home side as they laid siege to the Bromsgrove line and within 10 minutes had two tries to show through Ed Stobart and Billy Robinson. Town pulled level on 15 minutes though a Critchlow penalty but five minutes later Macclesfield regained the lead when poor tackling enabled Ryan Parkinson to stroll through to score. Another Critchlow penalty after the home back row were caught offside reduced the arrears.
It was a fairly even encounter with the home side doing most of the attacking and Towns defence holding firm with Dave Hughes and George Glenn prominent.
On 30 minutes, against the run of play Town took the lead when Phil Horton stole the ball inside his 22, fed Craig Mortelmans who found Will Crane on his shoulder who broke several despairing tackles to score a converted try.
The second half started similarly to the first except this time Bromsgrove failed to deal with the kick off putting themselves under great pressure leading to a score by Matt O’Regan converted by Mike Barlow.
The home side were now fired up and there big pack took some control against Towns tiring pack.
A strike against the head on 10 minutes gave Ashley Platt-Hughes the scoring opportunity which Barlow converted. 10 minutes later they were at it again with David Marwick being on the end of the move to score.
Bromsgrove fought back with a few subs freshening up the forwards. James Young was prominent in the attacks which came to nothing only to see the home side score a breakaway try through Elliot Brearley, again converted.
The game was effectively over as a contest with Bromsgrove having pride and bonus points to play for. They showed great spirit in scoring two late tries through livewire scrum-half George de Cothi, both converted from wide out.
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