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Bromsgrove aim for Ionians double

By Jamie Arrowsmith 26/01 Updated: 02/02 17:48

Buy photos » Aaron Higgins dives over the try line during Bromsgrove’s victory against Stockport on Saturday. Picture by Peter Jepson.

BROMSGROVE RFC will aim to complete a National Two North double over Hull Ionians when they make they trip to Brantingham Park tomorrow.

The Finstall Park outfit will travel in confident mood after Saturday’s 23-10 home success against Stockport and will hope to secure a repeat of their 38-10 victory against Ionians achieved earlier in the season.

Conditions were not ideal for rugby on Saturday but Bromsgrove dealt with them the better and that was one of the major reasons for their success.

Stockport had the breeze at their backs in the first half but it was the hosts who opened the scoring when a well rehearsed catch and drive from a line-out saw Drew Harper forced over for a try after six minutes.

The visitors got their noses ahead when Josh Longmore converted Paul Ralph’s try and proceeded to make life difficult for a Bromsgrove side whose backs were not showing their usual finesse.

Jon Critchlow tried to make things happen from his unfamiliar position of fly half for Bromsgrove but unforced errors and a strong defence made progress difficult.

In fact it was the visitors who got the only other score of the half through a Longmore penalty to lead 10-5 at the break.

Bromsgrove’s coaching team made a tactical switch at half time, putting Critchlow back to his more familiar position of full back and moving the talented Caolan Ryan to fly half.

The move proved a good one as the hosts got on the front foot with second rowers Horton and Burrows prominent.

They drew level 15 minutes into the half when some excellent pressure led to skipper Tom Warren crashing over for a try.

A further 15 minutes passed before they regained the lead when Critchlow was successful with a penalty.

Ryan added a drop goal from long range five minutes later and the victory was sealed in dramatic fashion when Aaron Higgins ran 50m to score by the posts after intercepting a Stockport pass, Critchlow’s conversion completed the scoring.

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