DESPERATE TIMES REQUIRE ACTION
Burton 33 Bournville 19
You can call upon all the excuses you like, but today was about as low as it gets as Bourns failed to take the first steps to redemption as previously winless Burton more than deserved their first win of the campagne. Mass unavailability in the backs and the back row meant far too many positional reshuffles, but we should have been good enough to get the points, but general lack of desire coupled with three on field injuries, poor on field decision making and a late arriving player allowed Burton to believe .
There are too many changes to report for the starting team but a prop and a second row in the back row and a flanker playing on the wing and in the centre including the head coach gives a general idea. Well done Trav for turning out.
Heavy rain in Burton meant the pitch wasn't at its best but at least the rain relented before kick off. The first 20 mins was played between the 22's with neither side able to create enough phases to trouble each other's defences. The Bournville scrum looked good driving their opponents back and reserve hooker Dan Griffin took the first two Burton scrums against the head out striking his opposite number. Line out was functional if not dynamic with the personnel changes , but the backs struggled to make any impact offensively.
Poor kick chase and clearance kicks allowed the home side some momentum. With some quick countering Burton saw the opportunity to chip to the corner and the right wing scored his first try. Another poor clearance put Bourns under pressure and some poor defensive structure allowed a gap for the home centre to burst through under the posts. A penalty for a high tackle allowed the score to go to 15-0 when Adrian Maynard turned up and took his place on the field after 30 minutes play. Just before the penalty Bourns lost two forwards, Rob Griffin with a nasty hand injury and Dan McCue with a calf problem. When Adrian took to the field after 30 minutes, he had an immediate effect with two barn storming runs into the 22 which produced a penalty. Bourns opted for the corner and a drive from the lineout was illegally stopped in the red zone. Another penalty which Bourns opted to scrum resulted in a controlled drive towards the try line and was again stopped illegally which in my view should have seen a yellow and a penalty try, but the referee is sole judge of fact. Captain Dicko took a quick one and from his drive off loaded for wing Ash Knight to crash over, Scott Harman took over kicking duties but his first kick didn't fade in as he would have wanted, so Bourns 15-5 adrift at half time.
A call to arms was called for and Bourns applied pressure through the forwards. A lack of clinical finishing was responsible for Bourns not scoring early but a fine cross kick and a favourable bounce allowed Wing Paul Sumner to score his 13th try of the season. However this was un done straight away from the kick off as another poor clearance kick and positional disaray allowed an easy chip ahead for the winger to collect with no one at home. The try table tennis continued as stand in flanker Adam Woodfield intercepted in midfield just outside the opposition 22 and coasted in, so Bourns just 22-19 down with over a quarter of the game to go. Bourns then suffered their third injury when prop Kurtis Payne was removed having suffered some dizziness at the bottom of a ruck.
From Bourns point of view that was it as mistake after mistake allowed Burton to pin us in our 22 for the rest of the game. Another poor clearance kick not finding touch as previously ordered was again run back at us with no kick chase and the centre scored. Two penalties either side of the try allowed Burton to extend their lead to 33-19 which was the final score.
The guys must stick together as one as this game is now history and we have 11 games left to dig ourselves out of the hole we have created. Players need to be honest with themselves and ensure their mind set is right as a positive reaction is required for our next home fixture against Dudley Kingswinford next weekend.
No star player this week
15, Southall, 14, McIntyre, 13, Stephenson, 12, Knight, 11, Sumner, 10, Harman, 9, Mumford, 8, Griffin.R, 7, Woodfield, 6, Dickerson (capt), 5, McCue, 4, Smith S, 3, Payne, 2 Griffin D, 1, Hamilton, 16 Maynard, 17, Handy, 18 Browm..