Bridgnorth 17 – 24 Broadstreet
The tight ground, with a heavy pitch was never going to lend itself to expansive Rugby, and from the off it was clear that this was going to be a game of big ball carrying and massive hits. The Street started very positively taking the game deep into the Bridgnorth half. On 6 mins they were rewarded when captain Liam Munro bulldozed over in the left hand corner for the first score of the game. The excellent Dale Glover, who would go and have a perfect game with the boot, added the conversion. (0-7)
Bridgnorth started to work their way back into the game and on 15mins saw a promising break fail when Andy Murray miss timed his tackle and tackled the supporting runner without the ball. As yellow cards go this one can be understood as the whitewash beckoned for Bridgnorth and the resulting penalty came to nothing. With the Street down to 14 men Bridgnorth increased the intensity and the next 10mins were played in the Streets half. Once again the Streets defence was resolute and by the time they were back to 15 men all Bridgnorth had to show was a 3 point penalty (3-7) On 30 mins and back to 15 men the Street produced an excellent try with the ball worked wide through Harry Hudson to winger Ollie Cregg for him to pass inside to Chris Easton to finish. Mr Reliable kicked the conversion to complete the scoring in the first half. HT 3-14
The second half started with the Street on the front foot and, on 45 mins, after winning a penalty just inside the Bridgnorth half the captains’ confidence was rewarded when Dale Glover slotted the 3 points (3-17). This kick started a period of the game when possession was dominated by the home side who simply tried to batter their way through the Broadstreet defence with the boys in red holding firm through some heroic tackling. Eventually the line was broken with a try and conversion setting up a barnstorming last ¼ of the game. (10-17)
Bridgnorth, buoyed by the 7 points, went straight back on the front foot but again Street held firm and then created their own opportunity on 65min that was clinically executed. A Street exit play led to a Bridgnorth throw just outside their 22M. The throw was long and picked up by Sam Harcourt who carried into the 22. The speed of the ball from the ruck set the supporting line up well and Liam Munro charged over for his second try of the game, which was converted. (10-24). Bridgnorth charged back at the Street and were rewarded on 75 mins with their own converted try to set up an enthralling last 5 minutes. (17-24)
Despite their best efforts, and due to some sterling defence by Street, Bridgnorth could not find their way through and it is an example of how strong the defence was that the last two minutes was played inside the Bridgnorth 22m with them just not being able to break through the stoic red line. FT 17-24
Bridgnorth are above us in the league, had beaten us at home earlier in the season and were unbeaten on their own patch so this was a big game and In big games you need your team to put their bodies on the line, play for each other and your captain to lead from the front. That’s exactly what the Street faithful saw in this exciting game exemplified by MoM Liam Munro who was simply everywhere. This exciting run’s next opportunity to continue is next week at home to Syston.