Battling Bees bettered by Bromsgrove
By Colin Heward
Cold but dry at Portway for the return fixture with Bromsgrove.
Bees start with Bromsgrove recycling well but not making ground on their 22. Bees hold up Bromsgrove in a maul to take the feed for the scrum. Bees secure possession from the scrum but are turned over in mid field with Bromsgrove kicking for territory. Bees return back up to the Bromsgrove 10m line and Bromsgrove offend. Bees kick to the 22. Bromsgrove come up with the ball from Bees lineout and clear to outside their 22. Bromsgove knock on at the lineout and then the 9 is offside at the scrum Bees run, Bromsgrove offend and Bees run again. Bees recycle a couple of times before chipping over the defensive line with Kamil winning the race to touch down for the opening score. 5-0 on 7 minutes.
Bromsgrove restart goes straight to touch. Bees secure possession from the scrum and go wide but find touch on the 10m. Bromsgrove secure possession from their lineout and Bees offend. Bromsgrove kick deep into Bees 22. Bromsgrove set up a maul from the lineout but Bees go in at the side and Bromsgrove kick to touch again. Bromsgrove go to set up a maul from the lineout but are quickly brought to ground and knock on in midfield. Bees take possession from the scrum and Bromsgrove knock on in midfield. Bees clear to the 10m following the scrum and Bromsgrove knock on in contact. Bees again clear from the scrum but the Bromsgrove return kick finds touch 5m out, Bromsgrove come up the with ball from the lineout and maul eventually going over. 5-5 on 17 minutes.
Bees start and Bromsgrove knock on. From the scrum Bees go wide quickly and Joe C races down the wing an back under the posts. Aggy converts for 12-5 on 18 minutes.
Bromsgrove restart and Bees make ground past halfway before knocking on. Bees clear from the scrum and Bromsgrove return to the 10m. Pick and drive working well but slowed by Bees defence. Bees penalised for going in at the side and Bromsgrove kick to touch 5m out. Bromsgrove go over from the lineout. 12-10 on 31 minutes.
Bees restart doesn’t go 10 and Bromsgrove are held up in midfield following the Bromsgrove scrum. Bees take possession from the scrum and go wide but the final pass goes to touch. Bromsgrove take possession from the lineout but are back into touch. Not straight at the lineout gives possession back to Bromsgrove from their scrum. Bromsgrove attack wide and the ball is dropped but adjudged not forward and from the next phase go over. 12 -17 on 30 minutes.
Bromsgrove win the possession battle for the remainder of the half pressuring in Bees 22 but Bees defending well. A yellow to Andy for an adjudged high tackle and the half ending with a knock on.
Bromsgrove restart the second half and go offside at the first ruck. Bees kick to the 22. Bees take initial possession from the lineout but are turned over. Bromsgrove return past halfway but are penalised for holding on. Bees run and Bromsgrove offend at the next ruck. Bees kick to the 10m. Bees lineout is taken by Bromsgrove who progress up to the 22 before Bees turnover sees Dec make good yards deep into the Bromsgrove before a forward pass halts progress. Bees earn turnover quickly after the scrum and chip but the ball rolls dead. From the Bromsgove scrum Bees earn turnover and a grubber through mixes things up a bit. Bees then attack left and then right but to touch. Play brought back to the far side and Bees run from a their penalty and Harry goes over to level the score on 48 minutes. Portway wind now taking its toll on my hands and readability of notes.
Bromsgrove make quick progress from the restart and are up into Bees 22. Next phase and over. 17-22 on 49 minutes.
More full blooded contest but Bees offences allowing Bromsgrove to progress upfield again. Bromsgrove 5m lineout maul stopped, but from a scrum shortly afterwards a pick up at 8 and a good running line sees Bromsgrove go over again. Converted for 17-29 on 56 minutes.
Bromsgrove pick and drives and touch from penalties continues the grind with a clean line break making the decisive yards up into the 22. Turnover ball from a Bees lineout the start of the possession that sees Bromsgrove go in for the final score on 68 minutes for 17-34.
Bees still going but some good pressure in the Bromsgrove 22 eventually ended with Bromsgrove holding up Bees in a maul.