11th Dec, 2018

Protherough: It has been a pleasing season for Bromsgrove

Craig Gibbons 26th Apr, 2018 Updated: 26th Apr, 2018

DIRECTOR of rugby Dan Protherough could not fault Bromsgrove’s efforts as they ended their Midlands One West campaign with a 26-17 defeat to Worcester Wanderers.

After an emphatic 57-19 victory over Wolverhampton a fortnight ago, the Boars ended their season with a whimper last Saturday.

Josh Holt, Matt Shepherd and Tom Hardwick got the tries while Richard Mahoney kicked a conversion.

It means Bromsgrove end the campaign in third behind Dudley Kingswinford and champions-elect Burton.

And Protherough claimed finishing third was a good result, especially after a difficult year in National Three South West last term.

“It was a very tough year so to have won 19 out of 26 games this season is a great turnaround,” he said.

“We played pretty well against Worcester considering we had six or seven of our key players missing.

“And to be fair Worcester had their best side out of the season and to have come close is a positive.

“They defended very well in the second half when we had lots of pressure and I think one of things that cost us was we were not clinical enough.

“We had about six chances but only took three of them while Worcester took all four of theirs.”

Bromsgrove now turn their attentions to the North Midlands Cup final against Midlands Premier side Newport (Salop) on Sunday, May 13 at Dudley Kingswinford’s ground.

And Protherough is hoping to end the season on a high.

“We are really looking forward to it as it would be great to end the season with silverware,” he said.

“It’s going to be a tough game but we will give it a real good go.

“Then once that is all done and dusted we will focus on the summer and prepare for next season.”

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