15th Jul, 2019

Bromsgrove Crusaders edge out Kidderminster Seconds

Craig Gibbons 11th Oct, 2018 Updated: 12th Oct, 2018

BROMSGROVE Crusaders secured another fine win with a 24-21 victory over a strong Kidderminster Seconds.

The Crusaders, who were forced to make changes due to injuries and absentees, dug in during the first half and looked impressive in spells.

However, two phases against the run of play allowed Kidderminster to take a 14-0 lead into the break.

With the slope advantage in the second period, Crusaders came roaring back and quickly responded with a try from fly half John Mounter who ghosted through the centre to score.

The Bromsgrove forwards started to go through the gears and put a series of well rehearsed phases together which allowed scrum half Mark Burrell to cross the whitewash.

With the scores level, both sides opened up.

Bromsgrove put together some excellent passages of play which saw captain Martin Lakeman crash over for a try.

Both sides tackled well with Bromsgrove suffering the loss of centre Dan Ingram to a furious but fair tackle midway through the half.

Bromsgrove regrouped only for Kidderminster to come back with a late try.

With less than ten minutes to go Crusaders kept the pressure on and with a sweeping move in play, winger Franky Hale used his power and pace to score in the corner to secure a hard-fought win.

Captain Lakeman said: “This win optimises what the Crusaders are all about – pride, passion and a determination never to give up.

“There were notable performances by a number of players this week, but as a team we excelled.”

The Crusaders play host to Bournville Thirds on Saturday.

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