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p style="text-align: justify;"span style="font-family: helvetica; font-size: 12pt;"‘span style="font-size: 18pt; color: #228b22;"strongStreet put the record straight in a 36 – 8 six try maximum points haul with a dominant second half display, in “thrashing” fourth placed Black Country visitors Old Halesonians. nbsp;/strong/span/span/p

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p style="text-align: justify;"span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: helvetica;"After being unkindly described by the Old Boys' constantly i‘bewildered’/i scribe as: “one dimensional”, “reliant on forward play” with “invisible backs” and “boring…” when reporting on strong‘Street’s 20 - 14/strong away win last November at strongOld Halesonians RFC/strong, Mr Fitzgerald’s one-eyed naivety has been well and truly exposed! nbsp;W/spanspan style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: helvetica;"ith pre-match threequarter’s disruption on that occasion, fourth placed ‘Street sensibly adapted their game to suit span style="text-decoration: underline;"their/span circumstances and came away with a win against the then table-toppers. This return match showed the real Broadstreet - despite the absence for selection of six squad players, including Captain strongChris Wood/strong and also the loss of influential centre strongTodd Freemantle/strong with just 12 minutes played writes strongBob Harcourt/strong./span/p

p style="margin-bottom: 6pt; text-align: justify;"span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: helvetica;"At the strongIvor Preece Field Rugby Ground/strong, first half tries from pacy full back strongCorey Venus/strong and prop strongNeil Tatlow/strong together with a conversion and a penalty by strongDanny Richards/strong gave the home side a slender half time strong12 – 8/strong lead after playing against the wind. nbsp;With a week off last Saturday and a pre-kick off torrential downpour, ‘Street looked a little rusty and somewhat over-eager as they took time to settle. nbsp;/spanspan style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: helvetica;"But settle they did in the second period, scoring 24 unanswered points through tries by, lock strongAndrew Solomon/strong, fly half strongDanny Richards/strong, right wing strongTom Harris/strong and a second for full back strongCorey Venus /strongwith two conversions fromstrong Richards/strong./span/p

p style="text-align: justify;"span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: helvetica;"The first quarter produced a couple of good runs by left winger strongTommy Harris/strong and flanker strongGareth Turner/strong and a missed long range penalty attempt by strongRichards, /strongplus the loss of centrestrong Freemantle;/strong [strongMrs Freemantle/strong - to her side-lined offspring, i“If you need to go to hospital, I’d rather go now because I’m hoping to go out later!”/i] Tough Love!nbsp; But it was mainly a period of dropped passes by both sides, with one good break by strongHalesowen/strong in ‘Street’s half, setting up an edgy period of defence for the home side. A turnover on their line allowed the strongRugby Road/strong boys to clear to half way and a deliberate knock on by a visiting player saw strongRichards/strong kick deep to the left corner. Another offence during the lineout drive saw a repetition but this time ‘Street - “ireliant on forward play/i” spun the ball wide right, along the backs, where full back strongCorey Venus/strong joined the line and, with an outrageous dummy, opened a gap to waltz through the defence untouched. strongRichards /strongmissed the conversion, strong5 – 0. nbsp;/strong/spanspan style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: helvetica;"strongHalesowen/strong full back strongChris Hooper/strong registered three points when ‘Street offended in front of their posts on catching the restart kick, strong3 – 5.nbsp; /strongHe had a second attempt on 27 minutes when ‘Street were found guilty of ‘crossing’ in their own half but strongHooper’s/strong kick sailed left of the uprights - with some justice, as the visitors had escaped two similar ‘crossings’ just prior. nbsp;/spanspan style="font-family: helvetica; font-size: 12pt;"strongBeau Carney/strong broke from a scrum to feed strongTom Harris/strong who made great progress down the right flank only to be forced into touch. strongHales'/strongnbsp;box kicked from the lineout and a good chase saw them find space wide right but ‘Street cover turned over possession only for their clearing kick attempt to be charged down. From the resulting lineout the visitor’s forwards were held up over the line but, from a scrum five, they “one dimensionally” pounded the line until blindside flanker strongTom Jordan/strong drove over for an unconverted try, strong8 – 5/strong. nbsp;/spanspan style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: helvetica;"Clearly stung by this score, ‘Street replied immediately from the kick off when strongGareth Turner/strong fielded the kick return to gallop from his own half to the opposing 22 metre line. Halesowen won the ensuing ruck and again box kicked. strongBeau Carney/strong ran the ball back, fed strongTommy Harris/strong who made progress before ‘Street prop forward strongNeil Tatlow/strong finished off the play after some controlled ‘pick and go’ by those greedy forwards, strongHalf Time:/strong strongBroadstreet 12 Old Halesonians 8./strong/span/p

p style="margin-bottom: 6pt; text-align: justify;"span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: helvetica;"span style="margin: 0px 10px 0px 0px; float: left; display: inherit; max-width: 148px;" class="wf_caption"a class="jcepopup" target="_blank"img src="" width="150" height="150" alt="Nick-Thatcher-2" //astrongspan style="max-width: 150px; text-align: center; display: block;"Archie's Dad - nbsp; Nick Thatcher/span/strong/spanKicking off, ‘Street started strongly putting Hales on the back foot and pressure at a defensive ruck 20 metres out provided a turnover. Scrum half strongAndy Murray; /strongexcellently slotting in for absent new father strongNick Thatcher/strong on paternity duty, (Congratulations Mr amp; Mrs Thatcher on the arrival of Archie), exploited poor ruck defence to break through and with lock strongAndrew Solomon/strong on his left, a simple two on one saw the big man canter in untouched. strongRichards /strongmissed the extras, strong17 – 8. nbsp;/strong/spanspan style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: helvetica;"‘Street pressed again but a huge box kick clearance by the visitor’s scrum half strongNathan Jones/strong, relieved pressure to the home 22. [Apart from one, which ‘Street ran back and eventually scored from, strongJones’/strong box-kicking was exemplary].nbsp; The home side worked their way back into the Old Boys' half and from a scrum on the 22, ran the ball right, then back left where strongRichards/strong spotted a gap and raced through to score. His conversion took ‘Street out to strong24 – 8/strong with almost a quarter of the match remaining. nbsp;/spanspan style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: helvetica;"Just before the half hour ‘Street put together some good phases to attack deep into Halesowen territory and from another set piece switch play, put right wing strongTom Harris/strong in at the corner for an unconverted try, strong29 – 8./strong/span/p

p style="margin-bottom: 6pt; text-align: justify;"span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: helvetica;"Noticeably tiring, the visitors infringed more frequently and were fortunate not to be shown yellow cards by Northumbrian exchange referee whose generosity and determination to keep the game flowing, over-looked an abundance of ‘lazy running’. Nevertheless, ‘Street had one more to come. What a gem! Running from in front of their posts, threequarters, yes those “invisible” threequarters, strongAndy Murray, Danny Richards, Jordan Simpson, Will Owen/strong and strongCorey Venus/strong put together a “boring” 80 metres passage of play; up there with the best seen this season, to sign off with a try by strongVenus /strongand a strongRichards/strong conversion for strong36 – 8/strong and still minutes to go./span/p

p style="margin-bottom: 6pt; text-align: justify;"span style="font-family: helvetica; font-size: 12pt;"strongCameo Moment:/strongThe sixth and final try – classy play from the “invisible men”!/span/p

p style="margin-bottom: 6pt; text-align: justify;"span style="font-family: helvetica; font-size: 12pt;"strongTeam:nbsp;/strongDawes, Pearl, Tatlow; Andrew Solomon, Matthew Solomon; Turner, Harrop, Carney; Murray, Richards; Harris Tommy, Freemantle, Owen, Harris Tom; Venus. strongReps:/strongPendleton, Beddows, Simpson./span/p

p style="text-align: justify;"span style="font-size: 18pt;"strongspan style="font-family: helvetica; color: #228b22;"PS. I have just read Halesowen’s Mr F’s verbal “thrashing” of his own players. Could he not have done them the loyalty of saying that they were beaten by a better team on the day?/span/strong/spannbsp;/p

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