BOURNS JUST MISS OUT AS BRIDGNORTH TAKE THE SPOILS
BRIDGNORTH 21 BOURNVILLE 14
Week 2 saw Bourns travel to the market town of Bridgnorth attempting to win for the first time in a while. A couple of injuries and unavailability meant some changes where Tex Sigley came in at tighthead, and Eji Uzoigwe replaced Matt McKeown in the forwards, whilst in the backs James Whybrow started at 13 and Ollie Neill was promoted from the bench to right wing. Making their debuts on the bench were hooker James Veccio, and winger Lewis Webb.
A change had to be made before kick off as Jonjo Fanning had car trouble on route and never made it, so Matt Dickerson started at 8 and Benedict Shimwell was hauled in from the Blues Team (formally the 2's) who were also playing at Bridgnorth.
Bourns started brightly and from receiving the kick off, they worked play into the 22 and nearly scored in the corner. Mitch McGahan missed a long range penalty chance, before the home side got going, but their attacks were repelled without alarm. After 20 minutes, Bourns pinned the home side on their line, but turned over the ball, however, flanker Angus Low charged down the clearance kick and scored for a deserved try which Mitch converted from the corner for a 7-0 lead. Bridgnorth won the re-start and Bourns conceded a breakdown penalty which reduced the arrears by 3. Bourns continued to attack and on 30 minutes Bourns scored again. Flanker Eji seeing nothing on planted a kick behind the defence which was high enough to chase. The full back failed to take and James Whybrow followed up and off loaded back to Eji for a fine score, again converted by Mitch for a 14-3 lead.
The next ten minutes either side of half time proved a turning point in the game. Eji got a yellow for some alleged foul play off the ball and Angus Low had to be withdrawn with an injury. The home side went with the forwards and after a series of forward drives across the pitch, they squeezed in for a try and was converted, just before the break. Just after the break they got a simple penalty under the posts before Eji came back on but the gap was only 1 point now and the home side had a head of steam.
Bourns blunted the attacks and gained some territory but were continually frustrated at the interpretation at the break down where the home side were successful in slowing the ball down. On 60 minutes, Bourns contributed to the home side's next score. A missed touch kick, followed by a missed tackle and failing to deal with a bouncing ball saw their winger score a try which saw the home side lead for the first time 18-14. Bourns came straight back and were thwarted when driving lineouts were held up illegally on their line???
On 67 minutes, the referee yellow carded MItch McGahan for reasons only known to him and the penalty was converted for a 21-14 lead.
As much as they tried, Bourns couldn't score again and settled for the losing bonus point.
Bridgnorth certainly up'd their game in the second half, but Bourns may well think things could have been different given the possession they had.
Star man as voted by the Bridgnorth watchers was Eji Uzoigwe whose mojo has returned.
Next weeks sees the opening of our new ground at Sandon Road, Edgbaston where Broad Street are the visitors which will once again be a stiff test, but a game very winnable.
Team: 15, Tomas Johnson, 14, Ollie Neill, 13, James Whybrow, 12, John Hargreaves, 11, Ethan Walker, 10, Mitch McGahan, 9, Will Hardwick, 8, Matt Dickerson, 7, Ejike Uzoigwe, 6, Angus Lowe, 5, Tom Holliday, 4 Steve Handy (capt), 3, Terry Sigley, 2, James Weaver, 1, James Burgoyne, 16, James Veccio, 17, Benedict Shimwell, 18, Lewis Webb.
More drivel from the photo man
I have never got on with sat navs, they hate me and I distrust them. The worst was when holidaying down Devon somewhere, we were directed down a steep, less than a cars width track, to emerge 2 miles later in a farmers yard. We left him with the vegetation we had collected on the wing mirrors and drove on. Saturday was my 2nd attempt to get to Bridgnorth RFC using just a sat nav. As soon as it told me I had arrived at my destination I knew there was a problem. I was on the phone to Mr Palmer for help. Down another narrow track and I arrived 2 mins late for the kick off. I had planned to get there for 1430 to get some pics of the 2nds - Blues. What a score!
Is there a minimum width for a pitch? Couldn't see how our wingers could have the room to make a break up the touchline. They didn't.
Fair play to the Bridgnorth crowd - 99% very friendly.
Not the result we deserved but 20 mins camped on their line with no reward told a tale.
Photos - take a look HERE for a smaller number of photos than last week. Nothing to do with the result - just the weather.
Maybe next week, if a few issues are sorted, I will get the chance to explain my role and how to get hold of photos, to our new players.
Sully - Bournville's always friendly (and free) photographer