Saturday 14th January
Bourne 42 V 17 Cleethorpes
For the second week running Cleethorpes travelled away for a friendly fixture and the team was much changed from the previous week. Steven Broderick moved from his usual starting position to fly half leaving a gap that had to be filled, and with a distinct lack of alternatives Jase Nutting was called upon to pay scrum half for the first time since he was in the Under 19's team - and any evidence of that is in black and white!
Updated 18:14 - 19 Jan 2017 by Kev Davidson
The game began as usual with Clee needing the first ten minutes or so to get the journey out of their legs, and by that time Bourne had taken full advantage and got on the score sheet. The forwards were not at the races in open play but again showed dominance in all the set pieces. As much as Clee were somewhat lethargic it was basic handling errors that the Bourne defence pounced upon and returned with interest, going over the tryline twice before Clee woke up.
From a line out just in their own half Joe Senior took the ball and the forwards mauled the ball almost into the opposition's 22. A scrum followed which was won by Andy Shaw back in his more usual hooker position, and Nutting saw the space on the narrow side. He drew the covering defence before feeding Broderick who in turn found winger Simon Layzell and he continued his try-scoring streak after bamboozling his opponent with some fancy footwork. This got the try nearer the posts and left Joe Barker a much easier kick, which he duly converted.
The half ended with Clee trailing 17 -7 but by no means out of it. They began the second half as intended, immediately pressurising the defence from the kick off and being awarded a penalty in front of the posts, which Barker kicked with ease. However more errors immediately after led to Bourne cancelling this out, and the Clee defence was breached several more times as the game went away from the visitors. There was another score for Joe Barker which he converted from out wide but Bourne ran out convincing winners.
Clee can take some confidence from their display - again Joe Senior and Lloyd Jones had very good games and the front row including John Marris and Nick Smith battled hard throughout, but simple handling errors need to be minimised to halt this run they are presently in.