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Bulldogs lose bite after bright start against Ravens.

RUGBY LEAGUE BULLDOGS28 RAVENS42 BIRMINGHAM Bulldogs went into their final league fixture of the season determined to reverse an earlier loss to North East Worcestershire Ravens.

To begin with, this looked well within their compass but the visitors showed the greater resilience to seize the game when it mattered most.

Bulldogs started well enough with tries from Adam Booth and Mike Florey in the opening six minutes, both goaled by James Latham.

However, as the half progressed, Ravens finishing proved to be the more incisive as they crossed for three tries, the last being goaled to give the visitors a two-point lead.

There was still time before the break for a try apiece. Glen Farnham crossed for Bulldogs to briefly regain the lead before a try in the left corner from Ravens put them ahead again at 16-18.

The third quarter proved decisive as the visitors posted two more converted tries open up a 14-point gap.

Could Bulldogs, who had seen some chances go begging, turn it round? They proceeded to give it their best shot. The industrious Tom Lea went over from acting half-back.

A few minutes later Adam Booth crossed for his second try.

Chris Crutchley added the goal points to both scores to make it 28-30 to the visitors.

Bulldogs had given their all and two further converted tries to Ravens gave the final score line a rather lopsided look.

Wes Perkins was Bulldogs' man of the match

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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Aug 10, 2016
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