TWO WELL-executed tries saw Bromsgrove overcome newly-promoted Syston at Finstall Park on Saturday.
The match did not live up to the conditions and the atmosphere, but Bromsgrove secured their third successive win in National Three Midlands thanks to tries from Liam Marshall and Sam Bastock.
Having stunned Birmingham & Solihull on the opening day of the season, the visitors arrived in confident mood, while the Boars were also keen to entertain the home supporters.
But instead the fans watched on as both sides made a series of errors in the first 30 minutes. Bromsgrove had the edge up front, though, and the pressure eventually told.
With five minutes to go before the break, a superb counter attack instigated by Dave Lewis led to a score by Marshall under the posts which Jon Critchlow converted.
Syston did have opportunities to reduce their arrears, but they missed two kickable penalties as Bromsgrove held a 7-0 lead at half time.
Ben Morgan made no mistake at the start of the second period with a penalty, but this was soon cancelled out by a long range kick from Critchlow.
Bromsgrove struggled to take a stranglehold of the game, but Syston were unable to take advantage and with a few moments remaining the result was all but confirmed.
After good work from Bromsgrove’s forwards to turn the ball over, James Upton fed Bastock who ran half the length of the pitch to score a superb try which was converted by Critchlow.