By Jamie Arrowsmith 30/04 Updated: 30/04 15:41
BROMSGROVE RFC ended the National Two North season with a 16-8 defeat at Sheffield Tigers on Saturday.
A successful first season at this level has seen Bromsgrove finish eighth in the table with 14 wins to their name but they were unable to go out on a high.
There appeared to be two contributing factors, firstly they found it difficult to recover the sparkle and buzz of the previous week's huge victory against Westoe and secondly Tigers handled the atrocious conditions better than Bromsgrove. That said, having played into the gale in the first half and only being 11-3 down was creditable.
Strong winds and heavy rain made conditions very difficult and despite having a good chunk of possession in the early stages, Town just could not force their way out of their own 22.
Penalties seemed bound to be conceded as they tried to relieve the pressure and this was the case as the visitors' defence kept creeping off-side, allowing Alex Graham to convert two penalties inside the first 20 minutes.
The pressure from Sheffield was relentless and their pick and drive game coupled with an excellent defence kept them well on top.
They were rewarded for their efforts in the 30th minute when they stretched Bromsgrove just too much, allowing second row Sam Cook to dive over in the corner.
Bromsgrove did manage to put together some attacking phases in the latter stages of the half, earning a penalty for Ben Copson which he kicked to cut the gap to 11-3 at the break.
The hope that the strong wind would prove advantageous in the second half did not come to fruition as Bromsgrove found it difficult to prise possession from Tigers' claws and it was the home side who continued to attack. They scored their second try five minutes into the half through winger William Wallace.
Bromsgrove tried valiantly to get back into the match but keeping the ball in hand against a resolute defence proved futile.
They did get some reward five minutes from the end when substitute prop Paul Norris barged his way over to score, leaving the final score 16-8.
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