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Hughes grab two as Boars see off Caldy
2:58pm Monday 4th November 2013 in Sport
Bromsgrove 28 Caldy 3
BROMSGROVE bagged a second win in three matches against fellow strugglers Caldy to strengthen their position in the National North Two.
A third win of the season saw the Boars, who are fifth from bottom, edge into a two-point lead over Saturday’s beaten rivals.
The home side’s pack was strengthened by the return from injury of skipper Paul Norris and influential number Phil Horton, who was named man of the match.
Bobby Green was given a rare start in the front row and took his chance well.
Those changes along with regular stalwarts George Glen, Dave Hughes and Steve Smith gave the forwards a much better look.
Behind the scrum the changes were enforced due to injury but everybody stepped up to the plate really well with Richard Mahoney having his best game, debutant scrum half Adam Whiteman had a lively game and Will Crane formed a solid partnership with Craig Mortelmans.
The start was delayed because Caldy’s coach broke down on the way and this can’t have helped their preparations and Town took advantage with a disciplined display.
Conditions were difficult with a strong crosswind blowing towards the clubhouse but it was the home side who dealt with it best with Mahoney kicking well for position and the forwards pick and drive gaining a lot of ground.
It took sometime before the first score which was a well struck penalty by Mahoney.
Caldy levelled on 25 minutes after Smith had been harshly yellow carded, Richard Vasey adding the points.
Bromsgrove coped admirably with 14 players and actually retook the lead on 30 minutes with another penalty.
There was an enforced change shortly afterwards when Ben Palmer, one of the most threatening backs, limped off to be replaced by debutant Sam Atkins.
The change did not disrupt the home side who extended their lead on 35 minutes when Hughes forced his way over in the corner.
Caldy lost prop Derek Salisbury to the sin-bin shortly afterwards for persistent infringements.
Bromsgrove carried on where they left off with wingers Sam Bastock and Olly Bache looking dangerous.
Their dominance paid off five minutes into the half when Hughes powered his way over for his second try which Mahoney converted.
Caldy couldn’t cope with Bromsgrove’s power game and barely left their own half until the last 10 minutes.
But by that time Mahoney had kicked another penalty and Norris sealed victory with yet another short range try which was then converted.
On Saturday, Bromsgrove visit Preston Grasshoppers in the league (2.30pm start).
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