By Jamie Arrowsmith Monday 29 October 2012 Updated: 01/11 16:59
Bromsgrove 10 Hull Ionians 22
National Two (North)
BROMSGROVE suffered more frustration on Saturday as a strong second half performance failed to bring them any reward against unbeaten Hull Ionians.
Ionians, who sit second in the table, deservedly led 15-0 at the interval but they were merely a competent outfit who made less mistakes than 13th placed Bromsgrove and seemed to have more belief in their own ability.
This was proved early in the second half when town responded strongly with 10 unanswered points which had all the supporters believing that they were going to turn the game around and win it, but that belief was short-lived as they were unable to sustain the comeback and allowed the visitors back into the game when they had them on the rack.
Ionians went ahead in the 15th minute when Alex Forth crossed after poor scrummaging had given them a good attacking platform.
James Ferguson converted the try and added a penalty on the stroke of half time, shortly after Michael Bateman scored the game's second try.
It was a much more positive Bromsgrove outfit who emerged for the second half and they soon reduced the arrears when prop Peter Koziot barged over from close range.
John Critchlow converted and added a penalty a few minutes later to reduce the lead to five points.
Things for looking promising for the hosts at the stage but they proved unable to deal with Ionians' first real attack of the half after 60 minutes which ended with flanker Mark Wigham crossing for Ferguson to convert.
The final quarter was a fairly even affair but it appeared the harder Bromsgrove tried the more errors they made with the final whistle signalling defeat.
A tough looking trip to third placed Preston Grasshoppers awaits on Saturday.
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