Luctonians 38, Bromsgrove 7
THE wait for a win at Luctonians goes on, despite a spirited display in National Two North.
They arrived at local rivals Luctonians full of belief after their previous week’s triumph against Hull.
Looking to get a result against the Mortimer Park outfit for the first time in 14 years it seemed the perfect occasion for the Boars to catch them out.
Bromsgrove were unchanged from their victory over the Humberside men with Paul Norris and Chris McGregor on the bench havign recovered from injury.
From the start, Lucs had the majority of the possession and territory and put Bromsgrove under pressure.
The Boars did well to keep the hosts at bay but Luctonians made the breakthrough in the 15th-minute with a converted try.
The Herefordshire side continued to drive forward and only a last-ditch tackle from Sam Bastock prevented Lucs from going over for a simple score.
As Bromsgrove started to get a bit of possession in their own 22 they made a mistake allowing Luctonians to drive over for a try from five metres to make it 12-0.
The Boars were struggling to gain any possession and again had to rely on brave tackling but on 30 minutes another unconverted try was added by the hosts.
Bromsgrove finally got possession in Luctonians’ territory and after an enterprising break in the backs, which led to a Lucs winger being sin-binned for deliberately slowing the ball down.
The experienced Jon Critchlow took the ball and scythed through the defence and touched down and then converted his own try to make it 17-7.
This seemed to galvanise the Finstall Park outfit and the forwards were now providing a good platform for the backs and in-roads were being made.
They created a couple of golden opportunities to narrow the gap further and after good play the final pass was seemingly lacking for the visitors.
The second-half started as the first had finished with the away side in the ascendency and the home crowd were not as confident of victory as they had been.
However, Lucs grabbed another try to put the game beyond doubt before the hosts sealed the victory with the final play of the match.
Bromsgrove kick-off their home league campaign against Caldy on Saturday (3pm ko).