BOURNS UNABLE TO CAPITALISE AND LOSE OUT IN THE FOURTH QUARTER
BRIDGNORTH 42 BOURNVILLE 13
Bridgnorth continue to be a bogey side for Bourns as the hosts scored 32 unanswered points in the second half to leave the team looking at lower end of the league a bit more closely..
Bourns first half performance was not a prelude to what was to lie ahead as Bourns immediately had the ascendancy from the off playing up the slight slope at the Edgar Davis ground. Early pressure saw a midfield offside on the 22 which Warner transferred into 3 points. All the forwards were carrying well and the backs stretched the home defence. A classic drive at a line out saw young prop Davon Williams score his first try for the club. A sublime kick from the corner from Warner saw Bourns with a 10-0 early lead.
The hosts who play a similar game pattern, started getting their forwards moving and after 15 minutes, a backs offisde reduced the arrears to 10-3. As the first quarter ended, the hosts were awarded a penalty try when following a kick over the top, winger Woz Oliver was adjudged to
have taken his opposite number out in the race for the touchdown and saw yellow for his trouble, all of which levelled the scores. Both sides saw plenty of possession and attacked at every opportunity, but the defences won the day at this stage. On 32 minutes another Bridgnorth infringement saw Warner's penalty regain the lead and Bourns saw out the half with a 13-10 lead with the slope and slight wind in their favour in the second period.
Bridgnorth started well with an early penalty to tie up the scores. The slowing down tactics of the hosts were frustrating Bourns and some mistakes were made. As the game entered the final quarter, flanker Ejike Uzoigwe was shown the yellow as he made a last ditch tackle and was adjudged to have ripped the ball away whilst still on the floor, where we all felt the ball was stripped in the tackle. Bridge chose to scrum but couldn't move the Bourns scrum, but the ball was quickly moved blind and the winger dived in at the corner and a well converted kick saw Bridge take the lead for the first time in the match. Bourns had some pressure on the Bridge line but their defence held true and this seemed to deflate the Bourns effort. Prop Tex Sigley and the Bridge flanker saw yellow for exchanging the time of day, then gaps started to appear and the home side ran in three tries in the last 10 minutes to run away with the points leaving a final score of 42-13.
Star man was centre Henry Hughes who broke the line several times and defended with his usual vigour. Derby visit Bournbrook next week and Bourns will need to contain their forward running game in order to gain their first points of 2018.
15, Tom Jarvis, 14, Luke Smith, 13, Marc Coulson, 12, Henry Hughes, 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, Davon Williams, 2, Alex Willis, 1, Terry Sigley, 16, Paul Coles, 17, Steve Smith, 18, James Hussey.