BOURNS PIPPED TO THE WIN AS BROAD STREET ARE SUCCESSFUL AT AVERY FIELDS
BOURNVILLE 8 BROAD STREET 24
Week three saw the opening of our new ground and 300 plus spectators saw a highly competitive fixture as Bourns hosted Broad Street who have plenty of pedigree at this and the higher level. Once again Bourns had to make some changes for various reasons and elected to go with a fairly light and fit pack. The Street had size, pace and ability and enjoyed much more possession, but the home defence held them to attacks within the 22's with the red zone being well protected. Bourns were up against it but just after the 15 minute mark, they won a turnover and drove into the opposition 22 and secured a penalty kicked by Mitch McGahan for a 3-0 lead. Bourns made two early interchanges to beef up the pack that saw the vastly experienced hooker Adam Caves and lock Tom Holliday add some stability in the set piece. Bourns had another 3 points on offer and chose to kick for the corner, but the Street held out.
Right on half time, the visitors executed a well drilled driving line out and scored in the corner for a 5-3 half time lead. Given the possession stats were well in favour of the visitors, Bourns would have been happy with the small deficit although the wind would be against them in the second period.
Unfortunately, Broad Street scored almost immediately from the re-start as the flanker picked up a loose ball and combined with the stand off who scored in the corner. Bourns than had some ascendancy as the forwards produced quick ball and the pace in the home backs was used well causing the Street defence to scramble. Wingers, Ethan Walker, Lewis Webb and full back Tomas Johnson (T J ) all went close. As the final quarter began, Bourns had chipped through and there was a race to the touch line. The flanker pulled back a Bourns player and he was yellow carded. There was some debate about whether a penalty try should have resulted but the referee deemed it wasn't clear and obvious that Bouns would have scored. Bourns tried a driving line out but there was a knock on. However Bourns took another quick tap in the 22 where the alert replacement scrum half and making his debut Rhys Harrhy saw some space out wide, a couple of quick passes and T J ghosted through for the score in the corner to reduce the Street lead to 8-10.
As the final 5 minutes arrived , Bourns had a penalty 30 meters out in front of the posts and the new clubhouse with the balcony full of expectant home supporters, but the wind had a say in directing Mitch's kick just wide. It all went West from there as the street won a turn over and scored in the corner for 17-8 lead. Their prop saw yellow for some cynical play, then T J got over the line but got tackled in goal before he could get the ball down, then Bourns got involved in some silliness and conceded a penalty and the resulting driving maul from a line out was pulled down allowing a penalty try to make the final score 8-24 to the visitors.
Oh what could have been, but lots of positives moving forward. Star man was wing Lewis Webb who had several gain line breaking runs and he will surely be on the score sheet soon.
Next week, the team travel to familiar surroundings at Burton who won promotion last season winning Midlands 1 West. Our record there isn't good, so it's time to put that right chaps..
At last......Mike's musings...so it allows me to add a few photos.
Do a 'Google' on the number of scandals ending with 'gate' and it will run to the 100's
In my walks around the pitch whilst taking the odd photo I am made aware of various topics.
I am proud to announce Bournville appear to have their own 'gate' scandals (albeit very minor :) )
We have Bingate - who ate all the bins?
Then there is Grassgate - an inviting swathe of grass, enough kids in attendance to open a junior school and the grass was out of bounds.
And ( oops starting a sentence with a conjunction) Parkingspacegate. I won't go there.
Great venue, needs a few Bournville bits and bobs asap though.
Here are a few photos - photo 3878 looks very 'chapalish' to me :)
Sully - Bournville's always friendly (and free) photographer