BOURNS RETURN POINTLESS FROM SCUNNY, BUT NOT OUTCLASSED
SCUNTHORPE 34 BOURNVILLE 12
Bourns travelled the long miles to Scunthorpe attempting to stop the run of defeats against the high riding greens. A muddy pitch was the office for the game, something not seen for quite a while. Poor availability in the backs meant a re-shuffle where Ollie Neill made a return at 13 with Jordy Hop moving to 12. Ollie Leigh made his full starting debut on the wing. In the forwards, hooker James Weaver was fit enough to start and Jonjo Fanning came in at 6.
Scunny had possession from the kick off and controlled ball retention saw them keep possession for the first five minutes. Bourns did turn the ball over but were guilty of not releasing the ball in the tackle and Scunny took an early 3-0 lead. The Scunny pack were large, but Bourns were holding the line as Scunny tried to breach it with heavy ball carries. Scrums were going well as was the line out, but penalties were conceding hard earned territory at the break down. The Scunny 9 was always a threat and after a series a drives , he scored from close range under the posts for a 10 point lead after 10 minutes.
Bourns then had some ball as Scunny were unable to defend the driving maul and kicking for position saw Bourns drive a lineout in the 22, then move the ball wide to Ethan Walker who scored his 10th Try of the season diving in the corner. Scunny replied almost immediately when the forwards drove and the backs had an overlap where the opposition winger also dived in at the corner. 15-5. Just before half time, Scunny scored again when the short side was exposed for the flanker to score, so half time 22-5 down but playing far better than in recent weeks.
Bourns started the second half well and a maul offence early on gave Rhys a penalty chance, but it hit the post. Bourns had plenty of possession from both areas of set piece but the Scunny defence was aggressive and effective. A line break by the scrum half now playing 12 saw him offload in the tackle for the support to score, 29-5 as the game moved into the last quarter. The bench came on, all forwards, and continued to pressure the Scunny line. Tom Holliday picked up 3 meters out and took several green shirts with him as he rolled over and got the ball down. 29-12. Bourns kept the tempo up, but were slowed down by experienced play, where the Scunny loose head stopped a promising move with a neck pull tackle from behind and later Rhys had a hand taken away trying to move quick ball from a player not bound. It was Scunny who had the final say, when they drove a maul and the 9 joined in for the touch down, so a 34-12 defeat against the new league leaders.
Bourns were well in this game and on another day, things might have turned out differently. Lets hope the confidence regained in this game against a very competent top of the table side, will result in two home wins before the Christmas break. Next up is our first ever meeting with Sheffield as they visit Avery Fields, a side just running into some form.
15, Paul Sumner, 14, Ollie Leigh, 13, Ollie Neill, 12, Jordy Hop, 11, Ethan Walker, 10, Mitch McGahan, 9, Rhys Harrhy, 8, Ejike Uzoigwe, 7, Angus Low, 6, Jonjo Fanning, 5, Rich Corr, 4, Steve Handy, 3, Sam Roe, 2, James Weaver, 1, James Burgoyne, 16, Terry Sigley, 17, Tom Holliday, 18, Jamie White.