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26th Jan’19 1st XV Report: Bridgnorth 32 v 15 Derby

Derby made the long trip to The Edgar Davis ground, looking to put a poor run of results behind them.

Derby welcomed back Louis Hicks from injury, while Jack Waggett made his debut from the bench.

George Castledine ran out for his 150th appearance and celebrated with a perfect goal kicking record in the game.

Bridgnorth kicked off, but it was Derby who scored first, after 5 minutes. Good work at the breakdown by Nathan Crowe won a penalty which George Castledine kicked.

Bridgnorth tied the game with a penalty of their own, after 16 minutes. Derby went ahead again 5 minutes later with a George Castledine penalty.

Bridgnorth scored their first try after 24 minutes with some good forward play. The conversion put them 4 points clear.

2 minutes later, Bridgnorth lost a player to the sin bin and George Castledine kicked 3 points. Derby tried to take advantage of the extra man, but were unable to create any real chances.

The ten minute period ended badly. Derby lost Charlie Barker to a yellow card and Bridgnorth kicked a penalty.

Just before the break, Bridgnorth made the extra man count and scored a try.

From the kick off, Bridgnorth offended and George Castledine kicked his 4th penalty of the half.

Bridgnorth led 18 – 12 at the break, but Derby were still very much in the game.

The 2nd half started well for Derby, with George Castledine kicking another penalty after 45 minutes.

Bridgnorth, in particular their forwards, then took the game away from Derby, with a well-executed game plan. They drove the ball forward, kept patient and scored 2 tries in the next 20 minutes. With both tries converted, Bridgnorth were out of sight and the scoring was complete.

The final 10 minutes saw Derby trying for a consolation score. They spent the majority of this time in the Bridgnorth 22, but were unable to force their way over the line. They were not helped at this stage by the rain, which turned the ball into a bar of soap !

The final whistle saw a worthy Bridgnorth win and left Derby in the relegation zone.

The commitment cannot be faulted, but Derby are struggling to score tries, with only 6 in the last 5 games.

Broadstreet at home in a fortnight, would be a good place to improve that record !

Come on Derby !

Match Report by Richard Bambra