MATCH VERDICT: Derby day honours and promotion for Bourne
Bourne will play at the highest level in their 31-year history after a demolition of Deepings sealed promotion at Milking Nook Drove.
Matches against Spalding, Sleaford and Kesteven in Midlands Three East (North) next season could be the reward for Dave Maudsley’s side as they started a potentially magic March with a total dismantling of the Green Machine in the most one-sided A15 derby in nearly four years.
Before the match, a pensive Deepings coach Tim Hutton wondered whether his side were ready for the intensity of derby day - having not played for three weeks since beating Bedford Swifts at Linchfield Road.
Hutton’s fears were confirmed straight from the opening whistle when Sam Thornburn collected Jack Berry’s kick-off and fed winger Rob Bentley who sprinted 35 metres to score in the corner before Deepings even had time to set a scrum in place.
Bourne scrum-half Sam Evison kicked the first of five out of six conversions to put his side seven points ahead on a landmark day for the player who made his debut in a 27-7 defeat to Deepings in January 2017.
Deepings were starved of any ball and had only one real attempt at penetrating the Bourne try line when a handling error saw an attack led by captain Lance Charity break down.
But Bourne had to wait until the stroke of half-time to increase their lead when a five-metre scrum was forced over by Maudsley for an unconverted try.
The angry Deepings team-talk during the break did nothing to change the course of the game as indiscipline opened the way for Evison to kick two penalties and leave the Green Machine with an 18-point deficit to pull back.
It could have been much worse had Evison landed two more penalties and the scoreline did eventually get bigger when Berry made the most of Bourne pressure in their opponents’ 22 to score a converted try.
The contest was well and truly over before Berry popped up again with another try that Evison converted after Deepings’ discipline took a hit again when dissent towards the referee cost them field position and possession.
Another Evison penalty attempt from distance went wide but before he had time to reassess his bearings, Tom Dixon stole possession to set up his team-mate for an easy fifth try which Evison converted.
Bourne’s lead was such that Maudsley was replaced by Jack Lagdon who set up the sixth try for Sam Thornburn to cap a perfect day.
Appleby, H Thornburn, Greenwood, Harby, Cooke, Brown, Binns, Dixon; Evison, Castle, Lynch, Maudsley, S Thornburn, Bentley, Berry. Subs: C Wheeler, Mambey, J Wheeler, Charlton, Lagdon.
Rippon, D Peacock, Silverwood, Green, Osborne, Cannell, Hart, Trotman; Charity, Owen, McCaskie, Towers, Sorlie, Squires, Jones. Subs: Hainsworth, Young, Cunningham, Thompson, Peacock.
Tries: Bentley, Maudsley, Berry (2), Evison, S Thornburn. Conversions: Evison (5). Penalties: Evison (2).
Sam Evison - 21 points, including a try, showed just how invaluable the scrum-half has become to Bourne since his first game 14 months ago.