EARLY CUP EXIT AT WINDY AVERY FIELDS
BOURNVILLE 19 DUDLEY KINGSWINFORD 35
On a rather blustery and wet autumnal evening, Bourns hosted fellow North Midlands rivals Dudley Kingswinford in the quarter final of the North Midlands Cup. Bourns rested a few players, however the side looked good on paper. On the bench, young flanker Jey Abdulrahman made his first appearence in the first team 18 and he didn't have to wait too long to make his debut.
The wind was blowing a gale straight down the pitch away from the clubhouse end and Dudley K had first use. Dudley had the lions share of the possession with their forwards looking after the ball really well. Bourns had the edge at scrum time, but the front row were adjudged to be gaining an advantage illegally on several occasions. When Bourns did have the ball, it was generally in their 22 and with kicking an issue in the wind, Bourns were having difficulty getting out of their own 22.
Bourns started conceding penalties particularly attacking penalties at the breakdown. Old boy Sam Vaughan kicked 3 of those penalties for a 9-0 lead. Bourns than had to re -organise losing Eji at 8 and Ryan Smitheman at full back, a DK old boy, to injury. Right on half time, DK moved the ball from a line out but a poor first up tackle on the outside centre proved costly as he fed the winger for a score in the corner. So 14- 0 the lead, with everyone asking was that enough with the wind..
Within a few minutes of the re-start Bourns had reduced the lead to 2 points. Firstly a driving line out saw prop James Burgoyne go over , then a penalty try was awarded for a high tackle on wing Lewis Webb as he was about to cross the white wash. However no yellow card...
That was about it for the Bournville camp as DK continued their excellent keep ball against the wind and Bourns didn't use the elements at all well to gain territory. DK scored a try after several phases which also resulted in a yellow card for prop James Burgoyne for scuffling. DK scored in the corner just after taking the score to 28-12.
Bourns did get 7 points back when Mark Coulson took a line and beat the full back making it 28-19 with 7 minutes to go. With time running out, Bourns took a quick tap well inside the DK 22 but a wayward pass was intercepted and game over 35-19.
DK played a great game and thoroughly deserved the win. Bourns need to re-group as they host Lichfield in the next round of Midlands Premier Fixtures next Saturday.
TEAM : 15, Ryan Smitheman, 14, Lewis Webb, 13, Mark Coulson, 12, Ollie Neill, 11, Henry Corbett, 10, Mitch McGahan, 9, Rhys Harrhy, 8, Ejike Uzoigwe, 7, Jonjo Fanning, 6, Matt McKeown, 5, Tom Holliday, 4, Steve Handy (capt), 3, Sam Rowe, 2, James Weaver, 1, James Burgoyne, 16, Scott Rudge, 17, Ethan Walker, 18, Jey Abdulrahman
Pitchero threw a wobbly and deleted my short piece, I am not going to type it again, so HERE are the photos - the best of a bad bunch - blame the light :)