BOURNVILLE GO FOR A "BURTON"
BURTON 48 BOURNVILLE 31
With three of the back line out injured, Bournville had to ring the changes in the backs once more as they travelled to sunny Burton. Both sides had to face the trap door from National 3 last season, so this was a useful yardstick to see where both sides were as both would fancy themselves to be in the mix for promotion come April 2016.
Well it became clear very early on that Bourns have plenty to do as the home side seemed a lot quicker in thought and patterns of play and showed a greater desire throughout the match. The warnings signs were there when the Bourns scrum were shunted back and the misfiring lineout made things difficult to gain a platform. Some un-characteristic poor passing in the back line compounded the issue and by the end of the quarter Bourns found themselves 17-0 down after conceding 3 fairly soft tries. Paul Sumner deputising at full back had to leave the fray with a shoulder injury and returning flanker Jon Tideswell had a re-occurrence of his injury woes. Two more tries were conceded before the break and the game was effectively over with the hosts in control at 29-0 with little to show for Bournville.
The second half was better with Bourns actually winning it 21-19 with tries from Rob Eatough, Bobbie Lawrenson volunteering to play on the wing and young scrum half Gus Taylor scoring his first try for the club doing what scrum halves do best sniping at the base and exploiting a gap. Stand in kicker Stefan Cooksammy converted all three including an outrageous drop goal from the touch line to save time so Bourns could try and salvage a try bonus point, however Burton continued their good work and scored three further tries to run out worthy winners.
On this evidence, Bourns will need to improve to feature in the race for promotion, so guys it's up to you to put things right. No excuses...
Only Gus Taylor came out with any real credit as he continues his education at this level.
Next up is a new team for Bourns to face Crewe and Nantwich who have been established at level 6 for a fair while. This game will be played at West Midlands Police HQ at Tally, Pershore Road, Edgbaston. Please keep an eye on the website for full details during the week..
15, Paul Sumner, 14, Robin Eatough, 13, Stefan Cooksammy, 12, Warren Oliver, 11, Bobbie Lawrenson, 10, Tom Jarvis, 9, Gus Taylor, 8, Drew Harper, 7, Jon Tideswell, 6, Chris Morgan, 5, Rob Griffin (capt), 4, Steve Smith, 3, Adam Woodfield, 2, Conor Thorneycroft, Paul Coles, 16, Dave Stokes, 17, Steve Handy, 18, Ashley Knight...