20th Jun, 2019

Boars have to win no matter how, says Protherough.

Craig Gibbons 28th Jan, 2016 Updated: 17th Oct, 2016

DAN PROTHEROUGH hopes his Bromsgrove side can turn their recent poor run of form around by doing whatever it takes to win.

The Boars lost 22-8 on Saturday to Lichfield, their third National League 3 Midlands loss in a row.

Defeats away at Syston and league leaders Hinckley in the past two weeks has seen the Boars drop down to seventh in the table, and they go into this Saturday’s fixture against Longton hoping to return to winning ways.

And for Boars’ director of rugby, Protherough just wants to see his side win, no matter how they do it.

“I don’t care how we win,” he said. “As long as we win.”

“It’s an even league and you need to perform week in, week out as the opposition is always going to be hungry to get a result.

“Looking back, we should have won at Syston but threw it away, our second half performance against Hinckley was good but against Lichfield, we just looked a little bit sluggish.”

Despite going behind early doors, a try from Ed Spalding and penalty from James Upton pulled the scores back to 10-8.

However, a third try from Lichfield late in the game killed off any chance of the Boars salvaging a result.

And going into a game against a Longton side on a similar run of form – two wins in seven league outings – Protherough maintains it will be a tough task to get a much-needed win.

“Anyone can beat anyone in this league so there’s no easy games,” he said.

“We have got to get back to a good run of form over the next few weeks.

“Being away from home is always tough and as Longton’s ground is next to Stoke City’s stadium, it will be a windy and wet day so we have to be on our game.”

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