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More to come from high-flying Newport, says boss

By Nick Elwell | Grassroots | Published:

Head coach Bob Adams says his Newport side are in a ‘very good mood’ after carrying on their perfect run in the Midlands Premier.

Action from Newport’s win at Scunthorpe

They are top of the table following four wins from four, bagging the bonus point in each game, the latest being a 52-18 triumph at Scunthorpe on Saturday.

Their try scorers were Henry Vaka (four), Jason Francis (two), Tom Cowell and Chris Perry. Liam Holder added 12 points with his boot.

“Scunthorpe was always going to be a big test,” said Adams.

“They have come down from National Two North and it’s a long jaunt for us, and a place that we have struggled at in the past.

“As good as our attack has been, a lot of our strengths come from our defence – it gives us the momentum to then go and attack.

“There is urgency when we haven’t got the ball to go and win it back so that is very pleasing to see.

“We are taking it one game at a time, but there a lot of positives.

“And there is a lot more to come.”

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Newport clinched the Midlands One West title last term and Adams added: “A real pleasing thing is that everyone seems to be buying into the ethos here, what we are trying to achieve.

“There is a very good mood in the camp and we are a tight-knit group.”

Also in the division, Bridgnorth got their first win of the campaign – running out 47-19 victors at Bournville.

It was a fine all-round performance from Dale Smallman’s charges.

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And they were the first to get on the scoreboard. with Jack Pons diving over and Llew Williams adding the extras.

Further scrum pressure in front of goal caused the hosts to collapse the drive and the penalty try doubled the Bridgnorth score.

Elliot Brooks then went over and the conversion attempt by Williams flew across the face of the goal.

Another slick move by the visitors’ backs brought another try for Pons, and Williams converted.

But refusing to give up, Bournville managed a reply and the away side were 26-7 up at the break.

The Bridgnorth defence took a hammering shortly into the second period, but they held firm and Richard Addison fooled everybody with a swerving solo run to touch down under the posts.

And he repeated the feat as few minutes later – Williams converting both.

They looked home and dry but some substitutions disrupted their flow and the home side pulled it back to 40-19

Ed John soon crashed over, though, and another great kick from Williams gave Bridgnorth a well-earned success.

Addison was their man of the match and Williams also earned plaudits for his kicking.

This weekend, Newport host Nuneaton.

Bridgnorth will hope for a similar result as Newport when they take on Scunthorpe at home.

Nick Elwell

By Nick Elwell
Grassroots Sports Editor

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