THREE ON THE BOUNCE AS BOURNS TAKE THEIR CHANCES IN TRY FEST
BOURNVILLE 49 LICHFIELD 27
On a great day of rugby as the Hippos of Bournville had a successful wallow against Dudley Kingswinford Vets, and with the first past player lunch at the new ground at Avery Fields in full flow, all was set for an entertaining fixture against Lichfield, our Staffordshire neighbours. History suggested this was not going to be a 9-6 game, and both sides didn't disappoint on a fine summer, autumnal day.
Bourns rang the changes in the backs as Henry Hughes,James Whybrow and Paul Sumner came in to centre, wing and full back. In the forwards Angus Low, and Matt Dickerson came in on the flank and Terry Sigley went back in at hooker with James Weaver and Matt McKeown reverting to the bench with debutante centre Ben King completing the bench.
Early evidence of what was in store for the large crowd came just after two minutes when Mitch McGahan side stepped into space and off loaded to Eji Uzoigwe. He drew the winger and fed James Whybrow for the score in the corner. A few minutes later Bourns scored again with a great team try where the ball transferred through all of the backs hands and Henry Hughes finished the move off, which was converted by Rhyss Haarhy. This was by no means one way traffic and Lichfield were equally potent in the backs. They responded after 15 minutes when they gained a turnover in the Bourns 22 and the stand off created space for the 13 in the corner, 12-5.
Bourns responded almost immediately when the forwards drove and off loaded well with Eji being held up just short. Mitch saw a cross kick opportunity and the ball bounced kindly for Ethan Walker to dive in the corner. 17-5. Lichfield had some possession and camped in the Bourns 22. They went close twice but in the end settled for 3 points from a Bourns offside, 17-8. Just before the break, Bourns secured the try bonus point after another break by Eji was held up and quick hands saw Angus Low go over in the corner. 22-8. However there was still time for another score and the Lichfield scrum half caught the home defence napping when assuming a kick at goal, he took a quick tap and went in so Bourns had a half time lead of 22-15 which in terms of how both teams were playing was never going to be the final score.
Bourns started the strongest as their line out began to steal Lichfield ball. The Lichfield scrum was creaking and after an offside, Rhys kicked a simple penalty chance. Bourns continued to press and as Lichfield tried the running the ball out of their 22, an errant pass was gobbled up by James Whybrow who had the gas to go under the posts, 32-15.
The Lichfield back 5 were carrying gamely in the forward exchanges, with the 7 being prominent. The backs are always a handful so when on 60 minutes Tom Holliday was slow getting back on side and chose a trot back bang in line with the next pass, he saw a yellow for lazy running. By now hooker James Weaver had been introduced and he added fresh legs to the carry, but Lichfield scored with a series of drives before the full back saw a gap and scored, 32-20. However Bourns did score with 14 men on 67 minutes when Henry Hughes counter attacked from a turnover and he fed James Whybrow to fly in for his hat trick, 39-20. Mitch got a stinger on the arm and Mark Coulson went to 10 allowing Ben KIng to debut at centre. Lichfield continued to run everything and were rewarded with a fine score after multiple phases , so going into the last 10 it was 39-27 with both sides still having tries in them.
On 74 minutes, Rhys Kicked a long range penalty to force Lichfield to try and score 3 times in the last 6 minutes. Bourns controlled matters well kicking deep into the Lichfield 22. With the final play, Bourns stole another line out and Matt Mckeown strolled over, Rhys kicked from the touch line and job done 49-27 in a highly entertaining match played by two sides who wanted quick front foot ball to get the ball moving with accuracy and pace. The challenge for the referee was to ensure that space existed for both sides to play at the break down and Mr Burgess did that pretty well.
A fabulous day rounded off by some good old fashioned singing in the club house by the old boys. Bourns move up two places to 7th on 19 points just 2 five point wins behind the leading team Scunthorpe.
Star man was once again Ejike Uzoigwe who's storming runs and support play was the link to Bourns success, but credit the whole team for their response to the disappointing cup exit last week.
15, Paul Sumner, 14, James Whybrow, 13, Mark Couilson, 12, Henry Hughes, 11, Ethan Walker, 10, Mitch McGahan, 9, Rhys Harrhy, 8, Ejike Uzoigwe, 7, Angus Low, 6, Matt Dickerson, 5, Tom Holliday, 4, Steve Handy (capt), 3, Sam Rowe, 2, Terry Sigley, 1 James Burgoyne, 16, James Weaver, 17, Matt McKeown, 18, Ben King.
Next up, Luctonains as we travel to Leominster to take on many people's title favourites, but the team should have no fear after 3 wins on the trot.
A view from the side
What a glorious few days of weather we have had. Shirt sleeve order in October - what climate change? :)
Another great report from Mick, he obviously had nowhere to go on Sunday.
I am 3 weeks in to my Stoptober for Macmillan or I would have celebrated with a glass of vino.
Luctonians? Let me know if you want me to attend.
Take a look HERE for a few photos of the game
Sully - Bournville's always friendly (and free) photographer