We caught up with ‘the post Sexton’ Bangor Grammar at Belfast High School on Saturday morning with the Grammar recording a 0 – 41 win.
The last time we’d visited the Shore Road grounds the High School produced a convincing win against Belfast Met but they were out of sorts in this one with uncharacteristic sloppy passing and a few soft shoulders.
Bangor took full advantage with Rory Wood crossing out wide after 9 minutes. The High school tried to hit back but too many passes went astray and the game went through a sloppy period from both sides.
The visitors came out of their slump in the second quarter with, impressive centre, Conor Lusty crossing for their second before a late burst saw winger Harry McCracken and the hard working Robbie Grant cross before the break. Angus Christie converted the last to give Bangor a 0 – 22 lead as the teams changed ends.
The home team stormed into the second half but again their composure let them down at crucial periods and a break from deep by McCracken saw the stylish winger cross for his second, converted by Christie, to push the score along to 0 – 29.
The High School kept plugging away, with No 8 Eddie Gorrod prominent in the bulk of their good work, but they were unable to unlock the Bangor defence, with Bangor’s Grant putting in a few big hits. The home team were forced into the aerial route too often and inevitably they found the impressive scrumhalf Christie sweeping up to return the ball with interest.
However, it was a much improved second half from the High School, the two late Bangor tries from Grant and Lusty, who both competed a brace, giving a bit of icing on the scoreline for the visitors.