Old Saltleians 28 Bridgnorth 21
BRIDGNORTH threw away a healthy lead as they slipped to defeat against high-flying Old Saltleians.
The All Blacks made a confident start against Old Saltleians lying second in the league when Skipper Bladen nipped over for a typical try.
Stefan Hildred trying his hand at stand-off added the points and a penalty but Salts also gained a penalty to make the score 10-3 after only 15 minutes play.
Hildred came close with another penalty before the versatile Craig Thomas, playing in the centre, added a cheeky drop goal.
The Bridgnorth defence creaked to let the Old Boys score an unconverted try but Hildred added yet another penalty before Craig Thomas burst through in the centre to score a great try.
Although Hildred pulled the kick wide with half time looming, Bridgnorth looked well in control, leading 21-8.
Inexplicably, the first half half lasted a full 50 minutes before some more poor defence let the home side in for a goal and a score of 21-15 at half time.
In the first few minutes Salts scored a push over try and although the easy kick was missed, Bridgnorth were hanging on to the lead by a single point.
Bridgnorth took the restart kick the wrong way away from their forwards.
The home full back fielded and with a marvellous long range kick pushed Bridgnorth almost back to their own line
The visitors tried a long ball at the lineout, lost possession and from a debatable penalty decision Old Salts took the lead for the first time, 23-21.
Bridgnorth then suffered a series of injuries with Will Stirk, Liam Holland and Ryan Arneil all leaving the field.
Coach Woods brought on youngsters Adam Stirling, Zak Baker and Alex Geary-Jones but with the whole team reshuffled, Saltleians upped the pressure and, helped by several penalty decisions, found a huge hole in the All Blacks defence for an unconverted try and the winning score, 28-21.
The Black Horse man of the match for a good performance in both attack and defence was Craig Thomas.
Despite earning a bonus point, with Moseley Oak winning, Bridgnorth dropped two places in the league and now have only Burntwood, Spartans and county rivals Shrewsbury beneath them.
This weekend it is Shrewsbury at home on the Edgar Davies ground and a good win is essential.
All Vice Presidents and sponsors are invited to their pre-match lunch, sitting down at 12.15pm
Places are limited, call secretary Myles Spencer on 07834995696 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are planning to attend.