Otley 24, Bromsgrove 18
ILL-disciplined Bromsgrove missed their chance to end Otley’s 100 per cent recent in National Two North as they imploded in the final 10 minutes of the match.
That was after the Boars, who saw three players sent to the sin-bin during the match, had made a dream start when they turned over Otley ball from the opening ruck enabling Charlie Jones to show a clean pair of heels as he raced over to score in the corner.
The hosts reduced the deficit when Ben Cooper kicked a penalty.
Bromsgrove were showing more enterprise behind the scrum but the Wset Yorkshiremen used their robust pack to good effect in the maul and around the fringes.
Bromsgrove extended their lead on 20 minutes with a well struck John Critchlow penalty after Otley were penalised for knocking on.
Cooper again cut the advantage with another penalty before Bromsgrove were reduced to 14 players in the final 10 minutes of the first-half when Sam Bastock was sin-binned for obstruction.
Despite having their ranks reduced, Bromsgrove finished the period on top with skipper Critchlow kicking his second penalty.
Otley piled on the pressure in the second-half and they were rewarded with another Cooper penalty.
Bromsgrove appeared to have weathered the storm when scoring a superbly worked try by Aaron Higgins which Critchlow converted.
But Bromsgrove found themselves down to 14 men again when Steve Smith was sent to the sin-bin.
This time Otley took advantage and scored a try through Jack Mackie.
The hosts were now on the offensive being awarded a string of penalties to put Bromsgrove on the back foot.
No sooner had Bromsgrove got themselves back to 15 players they then lost their third player to the bin as Warren Oliver was yellow-carded.
From the resulting penalty, Otley kicked into the corner, where, from a well worked line-out move, flanker Daniel Temm forced his way over, giving the hosts the lead for the first time.
Otley were irresistible now and scored a further try when skipper Adam Blades was driven over in the last minute to seal a remarkable recovery.