DAN Protherough had no qualms with Bromsgrove’s five-match winning run coming to an end – following a 27-8 loss at Shropshire side Newport.
After conceding an early unconverted score, the Boars replied with one of their own through Tom Sadler, which was as good as it got for the visitors in the Midlands Premier clash.
Newport struck with a converted try before the break, before both sides successfully kicked penalties – with Will Harris doing the honours for Bromsgrove – to bring the score to 15-8.
Two further tries followed for the hosts, one of which was converted, to leapfrog their opponents into fourth, with Boars dropping a place to fifth.
Assessing the game, the Bromsgrove director of rugby said: “It was just a very strange game.
“We didn’t get out of the blocks to start, we were fortunate to only be losing 12-5 at half-time.
“In the second half we played better, but we didn’t take our chances and then we conceded a couple of late scores.
“They’re a good side, they came at us hard and we failed to stop their damaging runners.
“There were a couple of decent chances for us, but then they scored as we were starting to build pressure.”
Bromsgrove are now out of action for a week before hosting seventh-placed Nuneaton on Saturday December 7, the first of three fixtures before the year is out.
Protherough says he very much has tunnel vision when it comes to the blocks of fixtures, adding: “We’re just focusing fully on Nuneaton, they’re all tough games in this league, that’s the reality of it.
“We’ve still got a few injuries so it’ll give us some time to get people fit. There are a few battered bodies after the weekend, so it will be good to have chance to recover.”