11th Dec, 2018

Bromsgrove all set for league opener after huge cup win over Malvern

Craig Gibbons 30th Aug, 2018 Updated: 30th Aug, 2018

BROMSGROVE go into their Midlands One West opener at Worcester in fine fettle after thrashing Malvern 64-9 in the North Midlands Cup at the weekend.

The Boars rattled up a 24-9 half-time lead last Saturday before a dominant second half display ensured Dan Protherough’s men secured a place in the next round and go into the league opener on Saturday full of confidence.

“Overall I was pretty happy with how we played,” said Protherough.

“We played some great stuff over the course of pre-season and we wanted to tighten up our defence.

“So to not even concede a try against Malvern was most pleasing.”

Bromsgrove then make the trip to the Glyn Mitchell Memorial Ground next Friday night for an under the lights clash against a Droitwich side which has enjoyed back-to-back promotions and lost just one league game in two years.

And the derby game will offer early bragging rights with the two teams set to face each other in the North Midlands Cup quarter-finals later this year.

The game will be played on Saturday, October 13.

However, Protherough says Bromsgrove are fully focused on their clash against Worcester.

“It’s going to be great heading back to Droitwich as I have some great friends down there but they will go out the window for 80 minutes,” he added.

“I am sure it will be a real humdinger of a game and I know it’s cliched but we will take one game at a time.

“Last year I think we were a little bit guilty of getting ahead of ourselves so it’s important we don’t do that this time around.

“We will get Worcester out the way first and then maybe on Sunday we can start focusing on the Droitwich game.”

Meanwhile, the Boars have lost full back Chris Hooper to Droitwich while Ollie Bache has made the move to Stourbridge Lions.

While two have departed, Protherough has been active in the transfer market, bringing in Luctonians’ George Amphlett and Bredon Star’s Ross Attwood.

Drew Harper, who has had spells at Stourbridge and Bournville, has also joined the Finstall Park outfit.

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