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St Leonards 1st XV go close against visiting Bromyard

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: March 25, 2014

By Dave McLean

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BASEMENT side St Leonard’s 1st XV slipped to a 12-5 home defeat in their latest Midland 4 West (North) clash against Bromyard.

An eventful first half saw Bromyard run in two tries and take a 12-0 lead. But an undetered Saints side challenged well and Bromyard gave away three consecutive penalties, the thrid of which saw Saints No 8 Gareth Jones, drive over the line to score, so closing the gap.

A clever piece of play from Martin Brazier saw the ball chipped over the top and land perfectly for Saints captain Dan Jones to ground, however the try was disallowed.

The second half saw some fantastic defensive play from Tim Greatholder and Tom Parker who relentlessly put in massive tackles to keep Bromyard at bay.

Some good charges were made and the continued Saints attack saw a chance from Tom Rodd, who got within inches of the try line.

Dispite prolonged attacking phases there was no further score came for either team.

Saints 2nd XV took on local rivals Stafford 3rd XV, who ran out 41-12 winners.

In a hard fought contest, Stafford ran in two converted tries for a 14-0 lead.

Saints new comer, Mike Gywne, again put in an impressive performance shrugging off three defenders to score. Dom Magenty, who was playing his final game for the club, added the conversion to make it 14-7 at the break.

Stafford took a considerable lead in the second half, before James Millington forced his way through to bag his first try for the Saints.

Next league fixture for Saints 1st XV is away to neighbours Cannock on April 5.

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