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Old Hales Hold On in Bromsgrove Battle

Old Halesonians 17 - 13 Bromsgrove

Last Updated: Nov 17, 2014 06:43pm
Hagley, Bromsgrove
By Simon Hussey
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National League 3 Midlands
Another dull and blustery day awaited both teams and their supporters in this local derby following last weeks convincing win by Hales in the cup competition at Bromsgrove.
The Wassell Grove crowd was waiting with anticipation for the second game in two weeks against rivals Bromsgrove, However, the visitors turned up with 7 replacements to show their true strength. Although Hales started with the usual early pressure, the visitors were in no mood to repeat the previous week.
All pressure from Hales was met with dogged defence and counter attacking that upset the home side rhythm. Hales gave away two early penalties, both missed. On 11 minutes, Bromsgrove were in command and after a well worked passage of play, forwards provided good ball for their backs to evade tackles to score s converted try to lead 0 - 7. 
Stand in skipper Tom Jordan was determined to turn things round and led the defensive battle with non stop 
abrasive tackles. Hales back row Jay Martin left the field injured, replaced by Loz Breese returning from injury
30 minutes of aggressive play from both sides saw neither giving way. On 40 minutes a sustained period in which Hales put together some phases of play together. The ball arrived in the hands of fly half, player coach, Matt Williams inside his own half. 
He carried 30 metres through the Bromsgrove defence and a pass to the supporting Chris Hooper saw him sprint to the line for a try which he converted to level the score 7 - 7.
The second half started pretty much the same with both sides giving no ground. Bromsgove pressure was rewarded on 61 minutes with a penalty taking the score to 7 - 10.
Hales made changes, James Martin on for Guy Field and Gareth Bown on for Warren Oliver. A period of phases from the home side two minutes later resulted in a well worked try for replacement Loz Breese who crashed his way over under the posts for a try, converted by Hooper for a 14 - 10 lead.
The lead was again cut to 14 - 13 following a penalty to Bromsgrove. With 7 minutes to go the Hales lead was extended by Hooper with another penalty 17 - 13.
There then followed a final 5 minute period of play which had every spectator and coach on the edge of their seats. All credit to Bromsgrove for their constant pressure on the Hales line but matched by the ferocious defence of the home side to hold onto the game at the end.
Hales have proved they can dig in when up against it, the final whistle was a great relief. Hales now sit 5th in the league on the same points as third placed team Peterborough Lions. 
Old Hales travel to Burton this week for the next league encounter, kick off 2.15 
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Old Hales 2nds 

Bromsgrove 2nds 42-7 Old Hales 
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Old Hales 3rds
Bridgnorth 2nds 50-7 Old Hales 
Try scored by Lee Davis converted by Gaz Price 

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