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MATCH VERDICT: Bourne breeze past Ollerton in Midlands Junior Vase




Bourne RUFC 1st XV captain Tom Dixon who scored two tries in his side's 58-7 win over Ollerton in round one of this season's Midlands Junior Vase at Milking Nook Drove. Photo by Alan Hancock.
Bourne RUFC 1st XV captain Tom Dixon who scored two tries in his side's 58-7 win over Ollerton in round one of this season's Midlands Junior Vase at Milking Nook Drove. Photo by Alan Hancock.

Winning is a habit for Bourne after their September programme of matches ended with a one-sided domination of Ollerton at Milking Nook Drove today.

The hosts ran in eight tries, two each for skipper Tom Dixon and scrum half Sam Thornburn, while full back Jack Berry kicked six out of eight conversions and came away with 23 points from the game.

Newly promoted Midlands Four East (North) side Ollerton, who went unbeaten last season to run away with Midlands Five East (North) title were comprehensively beaten, despite Bourne taking their foot off the pedal in the second half.

Berry opened the scoring with an early penalty before godd work from the backs set up Thornburn for a converted try.

Then the floodgates opened with Thornburn and Maudsley, playing at fly half while giving his team-mates instructions at the same time, touching down to put Bourne 22-0 up.

John Hume bullied himself over the line after a five-metre scrum which saw an Ollerton player sin-binned for dissent immediately afterwards.

Player-coach Dave Maudsley (left) and full back Jack Berry both scored tries for Bourne against OIlerton, with Berry also kicking 18 points in the same game. Photo by Simon Perkins.
Player-coach Dave Maudsley (left) and full back Jack Berry both scored tries for Bourne against OIlerton, with Berry also kicking 18 points in the same game. Photo by Simon Perkins.

The tie was effectively over when Berry ran in an unconverted try, profiting from a handling error by Ollerton, to make 37-0 at half-time.

Despite playing for a town located on the edge of Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire, not even Robin Hood and his Merry Men were going to rescue Ollerton from an early Vase exit.

So it proved when centre Sam Harby peeled off a 10-metre Bourne scrum to run in Bourne’s sixth try of the day, before Dixon added two more to make 58-0 with ten minutes of the match left.

Ollerton grabbed a late consolation try through winger Eric Cranmer, converted by Ben Marsden, to slightly take the gloss off Bourne’s fourth win in league and cup.

BOURNE: Wheeler, Appleby, Rushton, Mambey, Gill, Hume, Lindley, Dixon, S. Thornburn, Maudsley, Boddey, Harby, Thornburn, Sweeting, Berry. Subs: Wilcox, Bentley, Hiscocks, Burgin, Giullari.

TRIES: Thornburn (2), Dixon (2), Maudsley, Hume, Berry, Harby.

CONVERSIONS: Berry (6).

PENALTIES: Berry (2).

Deepings also made it through to round two after a 22-17 win at Midlands Five East (North) side Skegness, while Spalding grabbed their first win of the season after beating Midlands Two East (South) side Oundle 22-18 at Memorial Field in the first round of the Midlands Intermediate Cup.



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