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Shewell scores late to secure another dramatic win

Bromsgrove Editorial 20th Nov, 2015 Updated: 17th Oct, 2016

JAMES Shewell went over in the dying seconds as Bromsgrove snatched victory from the jaws of defeat for the second successive week.

The Finstall Park side, who came from behind to defeat Nuneaton last week, were once again faced with an uphill battle as they trailed 15-6 to Old Halesonians.

But this Bromsgrove side do not seem to know when they are beaten and with less than 15 minutes left they produced another thrilling fightback.

Gino Belmonte led the resurgence as he touched down before Shewell darted over to claim a stunning victory, which keeps them in the hunt for promotion.

The visitors knew they were in for a difficult afternoon against Old Hales who boasted seven wins from eight matches thanks to some impressive performances.

And that task was made harder with last year’s top points scorers Jon Critchlow and Tom Hunt both out injured.

But it was Bromsgrove who got the first points on the board as James Upton landed a penalty inside the opening minute.

Dan Protherough’s side were making a positive start, but the hosts were presented with a gift on the 11th minute when Ollie Bache’s poor kick was charged down by Andy Holloway who collected and touched down.

Chris Danks almost set up a try after he darted through, but the referee brought play back for Upton to restore the away side’s lead by kicking his second penalty.

Upton was unable to slot home his third attempt, though, and just before the end of the first half Bromsgrove suffered a blow when Shewell was sin-binned.

With conditions making handling difficult for both sides, it was becoming a scrappy game with many penalties being given away. But Old Hales were beginning to seize the initiative and after a catch and drive Dave Hadkiss crashed over.

The home team then extended their lead when Hadkiss sent the ball along the backs before Chris Hooper found wing Luke Smith who beat his man to the line.

Hooper failed to add the extras, but his side seemed to be in control. Bromsgrove were left with it all to do, but following on from their last gasp victory last week they drew upon reserves to work their way back into the game.

And they boosted their chances when a great catch by Phil Horton and resultant drive saw Belmonte ground the ball.

Bromsgrove now had the upper-hand and the pressure continued to build as the clock ticked down. Upton had chances to go for goal, but he instead opted for touch as the visitors went for the win.

And it paid off as they powered forward before Shewell peeled off and dashed into the corner unopposed. Upton missed the conversion, but as it was the last action of the match the victory was sealed.


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