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Bournville Ladies
24
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36
League
Women's XV
Bournville RFC Ladies 24 - Aston OE RFC Ladies 36

Bournville RFC Ladies 24 - Aston OE RFC Ladies 36

By Sophie Ferriman
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kindly written by Roy Bradley


Bearing in mind the result of the corresponding match last season, there is no doubt that Aston started with a degree of complacency.

The first five minutes were fairly even, being contested between the 22 metre lines, but an excellent three quarter movement resulted in Athena breaking through to score a try, and this was quickly followed by some slick inter passing back and forth across the pitch leading to another try, this time scored by Leah and converted by Rachel, increasing the lead to 12-0.

So far Aston had dominated the game, and a further breakaway was stopped just short of the Bournville line, which seemed to instil a degree of confidence into the Bournville team, whilst appearing to have the effect of increasing the Aston complacency, and the number of Aston unforced handling errors. It came as no surprise therefore that Bournville twice broke through the Aston lines to score under the posts to take a 14-12 lead into the halftime break.

After a messy start to the second half Bournville kicked a penalty to increase their lead, but there was an immediate Aston response with a slick passing move up field, leading to an unconverted try scored by Athena, and after a further period of sustained pressure Laura ran in another try to take the lead. However Bournville matched this with a breakaway try to level the scores, with the conversion giving them a lead: 24-22.

With time running out the possibility of losing the game appeared to recharge Aston’s batteries, and a period of sustained pressure led to an excellent try scored by Caoimhe, which Rachel again converted, and from the kick off Bex made an incisive break which Jess took over to score a final try, with Rachel again added the extra points.

This was a match which, based on the previous meeting, we expected to win, but which we could quite easily have lost. The lesson to be learned is that nothing can be taken for granted. Bournville had added skill and experience to the squad against which we played last season.

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Match details

Match date

Sun 22, Sep 2019

Kickoff

15:00

Competition

Women's NC 2 Midlands (North)

League position

8
Aston Old Edwardian Ladies
9
Bournville Ladies