Hull's coaches, John Widdowson and Dan Cook, breathed sighs of relief after their Hull side scraped home in a thrilling contest. Both men felt that Hull had shown the character and determination to win a game that was slipping away from them. The physical endeavour and pure cussedness saw them home in a dramatic style with a late penalty try, converted by James Cameron, to give them the narrowest of victories and keep alive their hopes of a second place finish.
Bromsgrove showed their intent from the first whistle when they quickly got hold of the ball and Hull were denied possession for seven minutes!! After 13 minutes a quick break on the half way line saw good handling give Bromsgrove's winger Oliver the chance to sprint in from 45 yards out and although Copson missed the conversion the visitors scored again through a try by Glenn minutes later. Hull's response was to work their way upfield and a perceptive pass from Hull's Dan White saw Piercy scamper over, and as the half drew to a close, and despite having Slingsby sin binned, close forward pressure took all the Bromsgrove cover away leaving Hull's Wigglesworth with a walk in try from 10 metres out. Both tries were left unconverted as Cameron saw both his efforts rebound off the upright!
The second half had much the same flavour about it as Hull saw Bromsgrove drop the ball with the line at their mercy but they made no mistake when Hull fumbled in their own 22 metre area and Oliver raced over but Copson unaccountably did not add the conversion; an error that was to prove costly.
Despite being under some pressure, Hull were always looking to attack and when Wigglesworth broke free deep in his own half Hull saw the chance to capitalise on his 70 yard break and Piercy went over in the corner and Cameron's conversion put Hull ahead for the first time in the game. Minutes later a drive from a lineout saw Bromsgrove's outstanding player Burrows storm over for another unconverted try and when Bromsgrove's Copson finally kicked a penalty giving them a 23-17 advantage after 80 minutes, Hull's supporters must have felt it was all over. However, the players had other ideas and as they mounted a final surge Burrows of Bromsgrove was yellow carded and the 5 yard scrummage saw the visitors collapse it twice conceding a penalty try giving Cameron the easiest of conversions.
There was still a couple of minutes injury time left and Hull's final act of trying to kick the ball dead almost back-fired as it bounced in the field of play.
Perhaps in summary it was a day when Hull misfired but still managed to win a vital game.
Match Report by Richard Gore