Ben holds nerve to seal last-gasp win

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Hull 29, Bromsgrove 30

A last-minute touchline conversion by the nerveless Ben Copson sealed a dramatic away victory for Bromsgrove in their first game of the season in the National North Two.

A much- changed Bromsgrove squad containing seven debutants travelled to Hull on Saturday for a very difficult away fixture.

They returned home with an important victory after a performance of great commitment and no little skill.

Against an experienced Hull pack boasting three players with Premiership experience, the Town pack refused to concede and as the game wore on gradually gained supremacy over their much fancied opponents.

After conceding the lead to a penalty in the first three minutes, a scorching break from the base of a scrum by David Brazier resulted in a try under the posts for newcomer Charles Jones, converted by Jon Critchlow.

The lead was short lived as from the restart Hull winger Will Robinson sped over to score in the corner with fly half Greg Lound landing the conversion.

Bromsgrove’s response was immediate and only desperate Hull defence prevented further scores as the Town again mounted wave after wave of attacks with new boys Brazier, Parker and Jones prominent.

A further Critchlow prenalty edged the Town ahead but on the stroke of half time a lapse in concentration resulted in lost possession at a scrummage and Aaron Murphy crossed for the hosts. Lound landed the conversion to give Hull a 17-13 lead at half-time.

The Boars started the second half in determined fashion and showed little respect for the home pack in driving them off their own lineout ball and launching another slick attack.

Unfortunately a dropped pass allowed Robinson to cease the lose ball and hack on to score in the corner to extend the hosts lead.

Back came Bromsgrove and from a driving lineout the outstanding David Hughes crossed the line to narrow the lead.

The conversion was missed but from the restart Bromsgrove launched another attack through Parker, Jones and Aaron Higgins.

The pressure led to a Hull infringement and a yellow card for the offender and from the resulting penalty and another driven lineout, flanker Sam Gibbons crossed for a try to edge Bromsgrove ahead 23-22.

Wave-after-wave of attacks followed and only desperate Hull defence prevented further tries for the Town. The home sude remained a threat on the counter however and another Bromsgrove error enabled Alex Piercy to kick ahead and win the chase to touch down in the corner.

Lounds converted magnificently from the touchline and at 29-23 the visitors looked out of it.

But the players had other ideas and retrieving a clearance kick in his own 22 substitute Takuya Osaki jinked through the Hull defence to link with Lloyd Jones, Cooper, George Glenn and Hughes for Jones to cross in the corner for a superb try.

Copson slotted the conversion from the touchline to give the Town a great win.

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