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Baxter’s relief as rivals DKs beaten
9:00am Friday 25th October 2013 in Local
BROMSGROVE RFC head coach Ross Baxter admitted to a real sense of relief after his Finstall Park players pulled off a 32-25 victory over fellow strugglers Dudley Kingswinford this week in National League Division Two North.
It was Bromsgrove’s second success of the season and lifted them out of the drop zone in the process.
Victory was based around an excellent start which saw Bromsgrove race into a 21-0 lead with Baxter claiming: “It’s the sharpest we’ve been all season.
“We dominated set-piece play and were rewarded with three tries as a result.
“But our intensity dropped off in the second half and we let them back into the game. It didn’t help that we had two consecutive yellow cards and that gave the momentum to Dudley Kingswinford.
“We had to defend well after losing our way a bit, but we had the strength of character to hold on.
“I thought we’d done enough to win from our first half performance and it was a little disappointing that we allowed them back, but it was all about the win”.
Baxter also praised the performance of Jon Critchlow who had a cracking game with the boot.
Baxter claimed: “He’s been kicking really well recently and his late penalty was a fantastic effort.
“He could have chose to put it in the corner, but had the confidence to go for the points”.
Bromsgrove make the short trip to Birmingham and Solihull Bees on Saturday for an earlier 2pm kick-off.
Baxter hopes to have second row player Ben Meadows back in contention after recovering from a broken wrist.
But fellow broken wrist victim and former skipper Paul Norris could still be sidelined for a further three weeks.
With three wins from their opening seven games, the Bees lie just five points ahead of Bromsgrove in the table.
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