On the coldest rugby day this season so far, Grosvenor and Dromore RFC played out an entertaining game of rugby in dry but stormy conditions. I think Grosvenor will view this game as one they could and should have won. However this would not take into account an amazing, resolute defence from the visitors ,when their line was besieged but was only penetrated twice in the second half.
Also I believe that , on review, the home side will not be happy with the manner in which they conceded three first half tries. Again, this would not take into account the talent the speed and talent of the Dromore full back and their left wing.
With the strong gale behind them Dromore laid siege to the Grosvenor line but their forwards were unable to break through, leaving it to their outside backs to finish off three tries, only one of which was converted.
Grosvenor had their best spell of the first half when Adam Skelton converted a penalty to close the score to 12-3 to the visitors, approaching the half time whistle. However, what might have been an acceptable half time score of 12-3 , was extended to 17-3 with Dromore's third try.
With the wind behind them, the home side played a strong second half and managed two tries through Skelton and Davison. Neither try was converted in the blustery conditions.
Some home supporters may be glad that we secured a losing bonus point but I think the coaches will see this as a missed opportunity. Definitely tries went a begging whether it was lack of penetration, poor handling or whatever. The next league game against bottom of the table, Portadown may be a defining moment in our season.