Bourne are last men standing from area in Midlands Junior Vase
Midlands Junior Vase Second Round: Bourne 32 Worksop 10
Bourne joint coach John Forbes acknowledged the strong defensive display of his side which laid the foundations for their passage into the Midlands Junior Vase third round.
It was a good win against a side that is at a similar level to us
Tries by skipper Tom Dixon, Rab Forbes and Jake Exton gave the self-styled “finest sports club in Lincolnshire” plenty for Forbes and coaching colleague Nigel Lindley plenty to build on ahead of their trip to third-placed Queens in Midlands Four East (South) action on Saturday.
Bourne made eight changes to the XV who started against league leaders Northampton Men’s Own the previous week, including hooker Jake Appleby, tight head prop Jason Goodyear, second row man Will Legge, blindside flanker John Hume, number eight Dave Hill and outside centre Liam Croker.
Midlands Four East (North) side Worksop threatened to make life difficult for Bourne in the early stages at Milking Nook Drove.
But Forbes and Lindley were then able to watch their side take control of the game in testing conditions as several rucks and lineouts led to tries.
“It was a good win against a side that is at a similar level to us,” Forbes said.
“Worksop performed really well and they put a tremendous amount of pressure on us.
“But we were lucky to score a breakaway try and then managed to hold them out with a good, strong defensive showing on our side.
“It was one of our best performances so far this season, although Worksop used the wet conditions better than we did until two late tries helped ease the pressure on us.
“Worksop only came down with 17 players but they pressed us very, very hard in the first half when we had the wind behind us.
“We were in their 22 for quite some time and were able to score three tries from lineouts, set-plays and rucks. “Right now, we’re nearly getting back to having a full side out but we’re still suffering from injuries, including a couple of props.
“Luckily against Worksop, we had a strong side out where people were able to be in the right place at the right time.”