21st Nov, 2019

Crusaders lay siege to Aston Old Edwardians

Ben Tyler 1st Mar, 2019

BROMSGROVE Crusaders enjoyed a 55-17 victory over Aston Old Edwardians 2nds at Finstall Park on Saturday to extend their winning run to eight games.

Their eight-try victory – seven of the scores coming from the backs – made up for a weekend without action for Bromsgrove’s first team.

It was a devastating display overall by the Crusaders, who continued to pummel Aston with their pace and power throughout the team.

Their penalty count was the only blemish on the overall performance, but they were never in danger of getting pegged back by the visitors.

Dan Ingram was a key figure in the game, earning two tries for himself, whilst Mark Burrell, who is on leave from the Navy, stamped his mark on proceedings with a hat-trick of tries.

Centre James Robson was the next Bromsgrove scorer, drawing Aston in before bursting past a number of players to the try line.

Bromsgrove maintained their dominance in the second half, but Aston looked to mount a revival.

Darren Gardner, an ex-Crusader, was the bright spark for the visitors, and he was rewarded for his efforts when scoring a solo try from outside the 22.

Martin Lakeman capped off a well-worked move, when, 30 yards out, he took the ball inside from the fly-half, and zipped his way through the defence and crossing the whitewash for Bromsgrove’s seventh try.

The rout was completed by Rick Foulds who broke away from a maul, darting through the defence and going over for the final try.

It capped a fantastic performance from Bromsgrove, who never relented in driving the ball forward and being intelligent with their play.

Crusaders return to Finstall Park to host Telford 3rds tomorrow (2.15pm).

The Boars’ first team return to action with a home fixture against Old Halesonians (3pm) in Midlands One West.

Table-topping Bromsgrove will be seeking a 20th win in 21 matches this season against a side lying sixth in the standings.

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