23rd Sep, 2018

Protherough urges Bromsgrove to improve discipline and be clinical

Craig Gibbons 13th Sep, 2018

HARD-TO-PLEASE boss Dan Protherough has called on Bromsgrove to improve their discipline and be more clinical in attack.

His calls for improvements come ahead of Saturday’s first home game of the Midlands One West season against Dudley Kingswinford.

DK finished as runners-up last term and narrowly missed out on a place in the Midlands Premier after losing 37-33 to Midlands One East outfit Syston in the promotion play-off.

Despite this, DK have put the disappointment behind them and have started the new campaign in a positive light with two wins from two and Protherough is expecting a tough battle having watched them beat Whitchurch 33-21 last Saturday.

“DK have got ten points like ourselves and we know we are going to be in for a really tough battle,” he said.

“We are certainly going to have to perform better than we have done in our previous two games if we want to come away with the right result.

“It’s early days at the moment but there is still plenty to work on and I think on of the big things is keeping our discipline.

“We are giving away too many penalties but we also need to be more clinical as we are not taking our chances.

“In the last two games we have been guilty of taking our foot off the gas which you can only do once you’ve killed the game off.”

Bromsgrove head into the DK clash on the back of last Friday night’s 31-15 victory over near neighbours Droitwich last Friday night at the Glyn Mitchell Memorial Ground.

Droitwich found themselves 10-0 up early on, thanks to a Pete Knight try and Chris Hooper penalty, but the Boars reduced the arrears through Will Harris.

Hugh Lockhart then crashed over for a second try which was converted by Harris to give Bromsgrove a 12-10 lead at the break.

Ross Attwood added the third try for Bromsgrove before Ed Spalding touched down for the bonus point try, with Harris converting once more.

Droitwich reduced their deficit when former Boars player James Shewell bundled over but any hopes of a comeback were killed off when Adam Whiteman bagged Bromsgrove’s fifth try of the evening.

Harris kicked the extras.

“It was a really scrappy affair but we were pleased to come away with the five points,” said Protherough.

“It was always going to be tough being a local derby and Droitwich’s first home game in this league.”

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