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By Jamie Arrowsmith Thursday 17 January 2013 Updated: 22/01 16:53
BROMSGROVE proved once again on Saturday that old habits die hard as they failed to get across the finishing line in a game they should have comfortably won at home against Otley.
The National Two North encounter finished 24-24 at Finstall Park but Bromsgrove, who travel to Leicester Lions tomorrow, walked off the field disappointed at conceding a last minute try that gave the visitors a share of the spoils.
Having made a confident start it appeared Bromsgrove would take the initiative but it was the visitors who put the first points on the board when winger James Twomey, the league’s leading try scorer, seized on a loose ball to speed over in the corner.
The try was unconverted but Otley were soon on the front foot again from the restart with wonderful sleight of hand resulting in Cicognini scorching over for a try converted by fly half William Magie.
Trailing 12-0 after just ten minute, Bromsgrove responded emphatically to the setback and began to gain the upper hand, denying Otley and decent possession.
It seemed only a matter of time before they got themselves on the scoresheet but desperate defending and handling errors from the hosts delayed the inevitable.
They did eventually haul themselves back into the game when full back Ollie Bache split the visitors’ defence to put Jack Wardle in for a try, fly half Jon Critchlow added the extras before slotting over a penalty moments later to close the gap to 12-10 at half time.
Bromsgrove remained on top at the start of the second half, monopolising possession and looking a constant threat with McGregor, Horton and Hughes looking threatening every time they carried the ball forward.
A deserved second try followed when Wardle ran a superb line to carve open the visitors defence and put David Hughes in under the posts.
Critchlow duly converted and moments later Wardle popped up again to kick ahead a loose ball and win the race for the touchdown for another converted try.
With 15 minutes remaining the game looked safe but things began to turn when prop Steve Blackburn picked up an injury and flanker Chris McGregor picked up a harsh yellow card.
Gradually Otley began to force their way back into the game and a try in the corner from prop forward Steele, superbly converted by Magie, gave them renewed hope.
Crucially Warren Oliver was caught in possession on the halfway line with only a minute left and Twomey pounced to sprint over and set up a victory chance with the conversion, but thankfully for the home side, the effort was off target.
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