Baxter: Lessons to be learned

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HEAD coach Ross Baxter believes new-look Bromsgrove will learn the lessons of a testing opening to the National North Two when they commence their home campaign against Caldy on Saturday.

The Finstall Park-based outfit have suffered highs and lows in their first two weeks, grabbing a great win at Hull in the opening match before crashing down to Earth on Saturday with a 38-7 loss at Luctonians.

The Boars will be keen to get off to a winning start at home and build on their excellent form at their Finstall fortress against a Caldy outfit who ended the season runners-ups last year.

However, Baxter feels his team must use the experiences of the last two weeks in order to see off Saturday’s opponents.

He said: “We got off to a great start by beating Hull and we probably over-exceeded expectations a little.

“We’ve been given a tough start and Luctonians was a hard test.

“The team is new and still gelling and this fixture probably came a bit early in the season for us.

“We needed to start well but unfortunately we made mistakes.

“That allowed a very together and experienced Luctonians side to go 17-0 ahead and it was going to be very difficult to come back from that.

“There are definitely lessons to be learned from both of our games. “If we can put pressure on Caldy like Luctonians did to us then that will be a good start.

“They like to play an open brand of rugby and score their points in the first half, so it’s going to be a very good game.”

Bromsgrove go into the game with no new injuries ahead of the clash (3pm ko).

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