Having exorcised one demon in Huddersfield last weekend Bromsgrove go looking to do the same this Saturday when they welcome Otley to Finstall Park.

And quite a welcome it should be too after the Boars finally ended a frustrating five month run that saw them unable to win away from home.

Until last weekend, when they beat the promotion chasers 16-10, the National Two North outfit had been locked in a bizarre sequence which had seen them win every home match but lose every one away.

That run included a 41-12 hammering by Otley when the sides met at Cross Green in mid-October, a result coach Ross Baxter is keen for his men to address in two days time. “That was our worst performance of the season,” Baxter admitted. “We just did not turn up and we had our noses rubbed in it so we have got a score to settle this weekend.”

Bromsgrove’s chances will be helped by the fact their confidence should be burgeoning following their most recent victory, a success that means they have done the double over second-placed Huddersfield.

“The win was coming. Since the turn of the year we have been getting a lot closer. We have been picking up bonus points and in our previous away match we managed to get two.

“But before that we were just not doing our basics well enough. Our set-piece, defence, ball retention – all the things that go into winning games, were not where we needed them to be.

“Since then, though, performances have been on the up and we are now ahead of where we wanted to be at this stage of the season.”

Indeed Baxter and his colleague Duncan Roke had set their side the target of finishing in the top ten in their first year at level four but Saturday’s win lifted them to seventh.

They are now targeting a place in the top six and, after Otley, will be looking to upset the bandwagon of runaway leaders Loughborough Students.

“That win at Huddersfield just confirms what progress we have made over the last 22 games.”