BOURNS PICK UP A FIVE POINTER
BOURNVILLE 42 LONGTON 14
After the disappointment of the loss at Lichfield last week, the focus was to bounce back against Staffordshire side Longton as once again Metchley Park provided the venue for round 8 of the Midlands Premier League Fixtures.
Bourns welcomed back centre Henry Hughes, with Tom Jarvis reverting to full back and Alex Warner starting at 10 with Mitch McGahan moving to the bench. In the forwards, second row Steve Smith got a starting birth with Steve Handy and Rich Corr out injured. Chris Morgan answered a call to fill a flanker position due to injuries and other un-availabilty in the back row. He last played in the North Mids Cup Final at the end of last season.
In recent games Bourns have conceded a lead early on and facing a strong wind in the first half, the role was reversed in this game as Bourns were fairly dominant in the first 25 minutes. The line out was going well and Steve Smith in particular was leaping highest on the opposition ball stealing several throws. After 3 minutes, Warner kicked a penalty in the 22 as the Longton backs were offside. The forwards were getting around the corner well and the backs were looking dangerous as they pressured Longton in their 22. A swift off the top ball at a lineout got the phases going. Bourns span it back the other way and clinical passing and a fine intrusion by Jarvo into the line put in winger Woz Oliver for a classy score which Warner converted for a 10-0 lead after 15 minutes. After 25 minutes, a high tackle by the Longton tight head gave Warner another shot at goal which was accepted for a 13-0 lead, which reflected the general play. However Bourns switched off at the re-start, making a hash of the return instantly conceding possession for the burly center to break tackles and off load to the supporting scrum half who scored under the posts to reduce the lead to 13-7. Bourns were guilty of allowing the opposition to clear their lines by committing unnecessary offences at the break down where Longton were not making any ground and the half ended with a slim advantage, but the wind at their backs for the second half.
Bourns received the kick off but failed to deal with it and this allowed the Longton forwards to get a foot hold in the 22 with a series of drives. After a lot of phases, a Longton forward crossed the line in the corner and with a fine conversion, Bourns found themselves a drift by one point at 13-14. However Bourns won the restart and ran the ball into the 22. Suddenly there were men over but a wrong option helped Longton in defence, but a penalty advantaged was being played and Warner had a simple chance in front of the posts to restore a lead of 16-14. During the next 10 minutes the teams shared two yellow cards, firstly the Longton loose head was yellowed for a high tackle and then center James Hussey got involved in a bit of afters to even up the numbers. Once the sides were back to 15 each, Bourns moved up a gear and scored 26 un answered points in the final 15 minutes. Firstly, good ball from a driving line out gave the backs some space and the quick hands put winger Luke Smith in the corner well converted by Warner. From a 22 drop out, Bourns ran it back with purpose and after a couple of phases, Luke was put in again once again converted. Bourns now looked for the bonus try scoring point and after 73 minutes, Longton failed to deal with a box kick and under the pressure the loose ball was picked up by prop Dan McCue who fed Luke for a run in for his hat trick. Bourns weren't finished and a neat chip through by Mitch McGahan was pursued by Woz Oliver who tackled the winger on the line and won a turnover penalty. Sam Brown took a quickie and with the Longton defence in disarray, James Hussey had the easiest of walk-ins under the post for a 42-14 match winning lead.
Bourns weren't so predictable this week and when it comes together, the guys look slick and look a threat. Star man was Luke Smith for his first hat trick for the club. Next week sees a visit for the first time to Newbold Rugby Club who were promoted along with Bournville to this league for this season. They will have a large expectant support so, please make the short journey to Rugby to support the guys kick off 2.15 and see the boys to victory.
I think it's fair to say that I am not a great reader of manuals. I tend to buy something, use it and try to figure things out later if I really have to. I recently changed my car and I have only just discovered that it has 'cruise control'. I never asked for it and have no use for it, but there is is. I was forced to read the manual. Same with my little Nikon camera. Bought it, played with it and was happy with the settings and results (in the main) so my manual reading stopped. The problems started about a month or so back. Some photos that I really liked were massively over exposed. I altered a few settings on the fly but no change. So the camera must be faulty? Eventually I spoke to a very knowledgeable chap named Owen in Calumet Cameras who pointed out my error. Without boring you further, I had accidentally changed a setting without being aware of it. So out comes the manual.
Will it make the photos any better? Who knows.
But in the mean time take a look HERE for photos from the game.
We did win didn't we? Take a look at the last 15 or so shots to see what I mean.
Sully - Bournville's always friendly (and free) taker of snaps
15, Tom Jarvis, 14, Luke Smith, 13, Henry Hughes, 12, James Hussey, 11, Warren Oliver, 10, Alex Warner, 9, Sam Brown, 8, Drew Harper, 7, Rob Young, 6, Chris Morgan, 5, Tom Holliday (capt), 4, Steve Smith, 3, Sam Roe, 2, Alex Willis, 1, Dan McCue, 16, Terry Sigley, 17, Matt Dickerson, 18, Mitch McGahan.