Bridge too far de­spite gutsy ’Bold dis­play

Coventry Telegraph - - RUGBY UNION -

NUNEATON are now tenth in the ta­ble fol­low­ing their de­feat by Bees, two places and nine points ahead of county ri­vals New­bold.

Phil Reed’s newly-pro­moted team slipped to an eighth de­feat in ten Mid­lands Pre­mier out­ings at Bridg­north, but did at least leave Shrop­shire with the con­so­la­tion of a los­ing bonus point.

And it could have been sub­stan­tially more, since the match ended with the vis­i­tors camped on the home line seek­ing the con­verted try that would have de­liv­ered the four points.

Al­though Bridg­north opened the scor­ing through Con­nor Ni­cholls, New­bold’s big pack dom­i­nated the re­main­der of a first half which they ended with a five-point ad­van­tage thanks to a try un­der the posts from Kyle Fur­long, con­verted by Dan O’Brien who also added a penalty.

How­ever, as so many times this sea­son, ‘Bold suf­fered dur­ing a sec­ond half which brought them only three fur­ther points from their full back’s re­li­able right boot.

And the hosts took full ad­van­tage to first re­claim the lead through El­liot Brooks, who took ad­van­tage of some neat han­dling to touch down a score which Llew Wil­liams con­verted.

They then sealed the 19-13 win through a scrum pushover, which supplied Ni­cholls with a sec­ond try, and Wil­liams with a sec­ond con­ver­sion.

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