RUGBY: On-song hosts reign supreme
HEAD coach Steve Ojomoh labelled his side’s performance as the best of his season and a half-long tenure as Trowbridge moved to within two wins of a national final at Twickenham.
The home side’s forward power and the searing pace of full-back Jackson Szabo destroyed Bletchley at a rain-soaked Doric Park on Saturday.
Ojomoh, whose side now host the winners of the South West Counties final between Wells and Devon’s Ivybridge in the South West final on February 22, said: “I thought we saw a different Trowbridge.
“Last week’s (league) defeat (to Swanage & Wareham) was the kick up the backside we needed. We thought about how we needed to play with and without the wind.
“It was the best two-half performance I’ve witnessed from us.’’
In conditions which fluctuated between driving wind and rain and bright sunshine and back within minutes, Trowbridge's canny tactics and clear superiority in the pack handed them a convincing triumph.
The home side had the benefit of the conditions in the first half and made full use of them as the Buckinghamshire visitors, who have lost only once in their Southern Counties North campaign, were driven backwards at every opportunity.
One such shunt set up the first try as Trowbridge stole scrum ball and number eight Adam Sullivan broke. Szabo joined the attack to dive over after just seven minutes.
Centre Lloyd Davis landed a superb conversion and, just past the midway point of the half, Trowbridge seized a lineout 20 metres out and a magnificent forwards rumble took them up to the line, where prop Sean Jones emerged from a pile of bodies as the scorer.
Davis added the extras and, after Szabo again injected lightning pace into the backline to skirt around the defence and touch down out wide, added a long-range penalty.
Bletchley enjoyed their one bright spell of the half as Trowbridge botched the catch and were then shunted off their own scrum ball, allowing Steve Allen to dot down for a try.
That gave the visitors hope going into the second half with the elements in their favour and they started well, being narrowly denied in the corner before lock Adam Fox ploughed over from a set penalty move 15 minutes in.
But Fox was then sin-binned for an off-the-ball incident spotted by the touch judge and his side paid the price as Trowbridge scrum-half Kyle Knight took a quick tap and crashing over.
The icing on the cake arrived with 10 minutes remaining as Szabo showed the defence a clean pair of heels around the outside before timing his pass well to wing James McFarlane who finished with ease, Davis adding the conversion.
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