Despite having another good turn out, Ross 2nds were disjointed
in their home game to Bromsgrove, losing 20 points to 34.
Position changes before the kick off had a big part to play,
although a spirited performance saw Ross come back into
the game after trailing 17-3 at one stage.
started brightly with an experienced side and ran in 3 quick
tries, converting one of them. Ross gained their first points
through a penalty from veteran scrum half Simon Brain. Just
before the interval, Outside half Ian Phillips played the
advantage to its word. He gathered a 'knock on' from the
Bromsgrove full back and cantered over to score, however,
Simon Brain's conversion attempt hit the upright.
picked up the pace in the 2nd half and like last week, the
introduction of the Holdsworth brothers paid dividends.
Gareth passed to brother Grant, who broke two tackles to
score under the posts and Phillips converted. Gareth then
broke the gain line near the corner and off loaded to Winger
Tom Booth who scored his first Ross Town try. Gareth Holdsworth
missed the conversion from out wide.
to 14 men following the sin bin of Brain for taking the
law into his own hands when a Bromsgrove player was blatantly
offside, Bromsgrove scored again. Ross were a little slack
in coming up in the line on a couple of occasions, allowing
Bromsgrove to further their advantage. This ill discipline
will need to be worked on for Ross to progress. They did
however dominate the scrum giving the opportunity for No.
8 Richard Russell to brake away from the back of the scrum
time and time again, but his efforts were in vain as he
lacked support from colleagues. Russell
Walker, playing at inside centre made some fine runs despite
carrying an injury and full back Alex Bound had another
great game, tackling his heart out and preventing at least
two Bromsgrove tries.
Drop Inn man of the match was youngster Dave Lawrence who
had a great game playing for the first time at hooker, where
most men are afraid to go!
coming Saturday, Ross 2nds are away to Evesham in a Merit
Table league game.