Derby City 20 Birmingham Bulldogs 16
Birmingham Bulldogs Rugby League FC travelled to Derby numerically strong – but with a squad that had enough natural forwards for nearly two packs. Nevertheless, against a side that now sits atop the Midlands Premier table, Brum came within one play of snatching a result.
The remainder of the match saw both sides do all they could, to seal the win in Derby’s case; to snatch it in Bulldogs.’
Birmingham probably had more possession and twice Metcalfe almost shook off his tacklers to go clear.
With seconds left, Bulldogs had a scrum some 20 metres out; but the ball was knocked on, and time was up.
It was tough on Birmingham, who deserved something from the match; a
draw would have been eminently fair.