GOOD SIGNS BUT MISTAKES COST AGAIN AS BOURNS COME UP POINTLESS
SCUNTHORPE 30 BOURNVILLE 19
The Midlands Premier League program resumed after the festive period as Bourns made the long trip to a sunny, but bracing Scunthorpe. The team was strengthened by returning players from injury, but crucially without much training and game time which was evident in the second half.
The first half saw Bourns monopolise possession with the line out providing an attacking platform. Several Bourns forwards were evident in the loose from the start, but there was a set back when after a couple of minutes, flanker Ejike Uzoigwe raced for the line, but lost his footing and had to come off injured, but Matt Dicko came on and carried well alongside fellow back rowers Rob Young and Drew Harper and hooker Alex Willis who was having his best game in the loose for a while. Bourns spent the first 8 minutes or so mostly in the Scunny 22. They drove a line out 15 meters, but with the line looming the ball was released to the backs who shoveled the ball across the line poorly, only for it to break down and see the Scunny winger hack the ball 75 meters to touch down in the corner. Bourns won the re-start and attacked again, but a loose pass went a begging and then the Scunny forwards got moving. The second row broke through the middle of a ruck and was well tackled spilling the ball forward on the try line. The supporting player was in front of the ball when it was spilled and he touched down. The official deemed this was in order and awarded the try which went down well. The conversion was kicked so after having all the ball Bourns found themselves 12-0 adrift after the first quarter.
Bourns didn't panic and continued to play phases and deservedly, hooker Alex Willis found himself with space and scored after 32 minutes after a well crafted team move. Clarity was restored in terms of score line when after 37 minutes, stand in scrum half Alex Warner spotted a gap at the break down and dummied a forward to score from close range. He converted his own score, so 12 a piece. Bourns went close on several occasions but with returning skipper Tom Holliday unable to hold onto the ball as he was tackled as the line beckoned, the half ended all square.
Scunny made two changes in the front row for the second half, Bourns making an enforced one as prop Sam Roe could not continue with a recurrence of an old injury. Suddenly the Scunny scrum was a different animal and Bourns were under pressure but early on, Drew Harper was able to tidy up at the base. The line out however was continuing to bare fruit and Scunny dropped a driving maul and were awarded a penalty try with a yellow for their number 8. The numerical advantage didn't last long as Matt Dicko was offside in midfield and took a yellow for the team when a try was imminent.
The Bourns scrum was beginning to creek and two scrum penalties in the 22 under the posts saw Scunny reduce the arrears to just one point at 18-19.
Scunny were increasing in confidence and were exerting pressure. James Hussey took a yellow for not allowing a quick tap penalty after 64. With 10 minutes left, Bourns were scrambling and could not prevent the full back from going over in the corner. After 74 minutes prop Tex Sigley was adjudged to have collapsed a scrum and got a yellow. Scunny drove a lineout and then spun it wide. Bourns were a bit eager coming up and found themselves in no mans land allowing the stand off to go over with 3 minutes to go taking Bourns out of range for bonus points.
Bourns did push the Scunny line for a try in the final minutes which would have given two points for their efforts, but an ambitious piece of play saw the ball go forward and the final whistle went for 30-19 defeat. You don't always get what you deserve and Bourns certainly deserved some league points, but mistakes at crucial times cost momentum and points against. However, we move on to Bridgnorth next week to attempt to open our 2018 league points account. Star man for his first half performance in the loose goes to Alex Willis.
15, Marc Coulson, 14, James Whybrow, 13, James Hussey, 12, Tom Jarvis, 11, Warren Oliver, 10, Mitch McGahan, 9, Alex Warner, 8, Drew Harper, 7, Ejike Uzoigwe, 6, Rob Young, 5, Tom Holliday (capt), 4, Rich Corr, 3, Sam Roe, 2, Alex Willis, 1, Terry Sigley, 16, Paul Coles, 17, Matt Dickerson, 18, Henry Hughes.