Bromsgrove 3, Leicester Lions 30

BROMSGROVE were brought down to Earth with a bump as they were put to the sword by sixth-placed Leicester Lions at Finstall Park on Saturday.

The Boars failed to achieve anything like the intensity and commitment they produced in last week’s stunning win over National North Two leaders Stourbridge last week as they were well beaten by their Midlands rivals.

From the outset the visitors showed more determination and control and during the first half were awarded a string of penalties as Bromsgrove were deemed to have breached nearly every law in the game.

As a result of holding on, offside, obstruction and handling in the ruck, Lions had kickable penalties, three of which were converted by Jonathon Boden. Eventually the referee had enough and issued a yellow card to Kevin Salisbury.

This put even more pressure on the home forwards who were already under the cosh and when the scrum broke up close to the home line the official awarded a penalty try which Boden converted.

his gave the away side a 16-0 lead at half-time and the only positive that Town could glean from the performance was that they did not have their line breached in open play.

This situation did not last for long when winger James Stokes went over for a simple try thanks to some soft home defending.

One or two home players seemed up for the challenge in particular Steve Blackburn, but they were not able to achieve any continuity and made a lot of unforced errors.

They did get on the scoreboard with a Richard Mahony penalty.

Overall. Leicester were too strong on the day and scored another try through Tom Morris on 65 Minutes.

Having dominated the match for so much of the afternoon they will be disappointed not to have got the fourth try and a bonus point.

On Saturday, Bromsgrove will play the inaugural match at Darlington Mowden Park’s new 20,000 seater stadium so there should be plenty of seats available if you want to make the journey (2.15pm ko).