National League 2 North:
DUDLEY K'FORD 5
THIS was a game that DK targeted as a possible first win of the season, but limped out in the end well beaten by Bromsgrove, who were the better of two poor teams on the day.
For the home side, however, flankers Danny Hawkins and Peter Knight worked tirelessly throughout, ably supported by back row colleague Jon Tideswell. Second row Ed Parry and Nick Murphy put in a full shift, ably supported by hooker Matt Humphreys whose strong runs took a lot of stopping.
DK opened strongly and playing with the strong wind behind them put pressure on the visitors but lacked that vital cutting edge to finish off their mounting attacks. All they had to show for their efforts was a penalty attempt some 30 metres out, but fly half Kieran Pinches pulled his kick agonisingly wide of the post.
This appeared to take some of the impetus away and Bromsgrove soon capitalized with two quick tries, first by fly half Aaron Higgins and then flanker David Hughes, the latter being converted by Higgins.
DK's cause was not helped when influential lock Nick Murphy was sin binned for repeated infringements at the breakdown after 20 minutes, but somehow they denied the visitors any further scoring opportunities when down to 14 men.
Murphy returned to the fray, and this sparked DK into action, and after some sustained pressure on the visitors' line, prop Dan Shakespeare forced his way over in the corner for DK's only score of the game. Pinches' conversion attempt came up short of the mark.
Bromsgrove came storming back and were rewarded with another try scored by their impressive number 8, Solomon Dacres, with Higgins narrowly missing the conversion.
Half Time: DK 5, Bromsgrove 17
The second half continued in the same vein with DK still attempting to play their expansive game, but just lacking the finishing touches to capitalise on their enterprise. Bromsgrove took full advantage and were rewarded with four further tries scored by hooker George Glenn, David Hughes bagging a second, a harsh penalty try, and finally wing Sam Bostock for the final play of the match. Higgins added the conversions to two of them.
There is no shortage of sprit in in the DK team but realistically it is difficult to see where their first win of the season will come from now. However, one thing is true, there is still plenty of dog in DK and although relegation is inevitable they will keep fighting to the end.
Next week the team travel to Harrogate – Kick of 2 pm.