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By Jamie Arrowsmith Thursday 18 October 2012 Updated: 25/10 17:04
BROMSGROVE’S disappointing National Two North run continued on Saturday when they fell to a 13-5 home defeat against Darlington Mowden Park.
In dreadful conditions, the visitors played with more control and made far less errors as the rain hammered down throughout.
Town, who visit high-flying Sheffield Tigers tomorrow, were guilty of conceding far too many turnovers and spilled the ball in contact much more than a team of their ability should.
They also panicked too much at times and tried to force the game when conditions did not allow it. They did manage to reduce the yellow card count from previous games down to one. That went to Bobby Green midway through the second half but they still have the worst disciplinary record in the league.
Bromsgrove started the match well and had the better of the opening encounters but Jon Critchlow was unable to slot the penalty they earned.
Their ascendancy was short-lived though as they barely got into Darlington territory again for the remainder of the half.
All of the first half points went the visitors’ way as hooker Junior Suluga-Fagilio scored a try converted by Grant Connor who also added a penalty.
Bromsgrove started the second half with much more determination as the weather worsened and they camped themselves on Darlington’s line.
The pressure eventually told when a big gap opened up and Bobby Green charged through to score.
Any hopes that would signal a revival proved short-lived though as the harder Bromsgrove tries, the more mistakes they made.
It proved to be a fairly even second half but Darlington remained more assured with the ball in hand and they extended their advantage with a penalty, following the incident that saw Connor sent to the sin-bin.
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