Solid and spectacular finale for Otley

Ilkley Gazette: The pacy Harry Hudson scored a try for Otley in the second half The pacy Harry Hudson scored a try for Otley in the second half

Bromsgrove 12, Otley 19

With Bromsgrove already relegated from SSE National League Two North and Otley, despite having had five points deducted, having secured their place, there was little to play for.

Horrendous conditions at times - with a strong downfield wind and rain - in no way suggested an open game but there were some spectacular tries.

Kicking off in the face of the elements, Otley played a sure, attacking game, while Bromsgrove, at every opportunity, used the wind to gain ground.

They had the first opening - a straight 28-metre penalty - but full back Jonathan Critchlow saw his effort bounce back off the upright straight into the arms of Otley centre James White, who fought his way through, almost setting up a scoring chance.

Keeping up a steady attack, Otley were having the best of things and, on 31 minutes, they opened their account.

They kicked a penalty to 20 metres, and there was a solid drive before the ball was released and went smartly down the line for full back Arnie Ellison to come up on the outside and cross in the left- hand corner, fly half Mark Ireland producing a fine kick against the wind to convert.

Centre William Prest was one of many to make promising runs but the conditions constantly denied completion, and it was the 55th minute before Otley increased their lead, winger Harry Hudson, given the ball on halfway, having too much speed for the home cover, going in at the posts to give Ireland a simple conversion.

Running a penalty in the Otley 22, scrum half Adam Whiteman put replacement Hugh Lockhart over for Bromsgrove but Otley quickly replied, Ellison going over wide out, the conversion attempt hitting a post.

But, as the rain relented, aggressive running earned Bromsgrove a try in the final minute, Critchlow converting.

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