MIDLANDS FOUR EAST (SOUTH): Sileby Town 12 Bourne 32
Hard work in training finally paid off for Bourne with a dominant display at Sileby Town, their first league win for five months.
Hooker Jake Appleby, centre Sam Thornburn and wingers Jack Berry and Jack Langdon were the try scorers, while scrum half Harley Giullari kicked two penalties and three conversions for the self-styled ‘finest sports club in Lincolnshire’.
Joint coach Nigel Lindley said: “We worked quite hard on one or two aspects of the game in training, including tackling and work at the breakdown, which paid dividends on Saturday.
“The lads played very, very well after we went down to an early try which was when (joint coach) John Forbes and I thought ‘oh dear, business as normal’.
“But the lads came back strongly and it was a really, really encouraging victory in the way that we took our opportunities.”
“There were very solid performances right the way through the squad.”
Lindley did single out Thornburn, a player whose form is becoming increasingly vital to how well Bourne play, for special praise.
But there were also compliments for scrum half Harley Giullari who kicked a number of penalties and conversions for the visitors.
Lindley said: “Sam had another good game, as did Jake and Jack.
The lads came off the field having enjoyed the victory (against Sileby Town) and both John and myself were really pleasedBourne RUFC Joint coach Nigel Lindley
“But it was one of those occasions where, right the way through the side, there were very solid performances.
“The lads came off the field having enjoyed the victory and both John and myself were really pleased.
“The lads are putting into practice the things they are working on in training and when they do that, things start to go their way.
“Harley has adapted himself well to senior rugby but what he needs now is more game time because the step up from junior to senior rugby is a very big step to make.
“We’ve got several players in the side who have made that transition and, hopefully, we’ve got more to come from them.
“If Harley can work on learning his craft at scrum half,
Bourne’s season will extend right through to the end of April, and possibly beyond in the event of bad weather.
The run of four games start with a final home encounter of the season against Stamford College Old Boys on Saturday before trips to Thorney (April 16) and Northampton Men’s Own (April 30).
In-between is a Lincolnshire Cup semi-final at Cleethorpes in two and a half weeks time.
Lindley said: “It’s been frustrating for both John and myself with recent form, but we keep coming back and Saturday demonstrated that our hard work isn’t in vain.
“Bourne as a town is growing but I’m convinced that a lot of people don’t know that the rugby club is here.
“To an extent, we’ve been the poor relations of clubs like Kesteven, Stamford, Peterborough and Spalding.”
Another factor in Saturday’s brilliant win at Sileby Town was the fundraising a week earlier for Bourne RugbyFIT ladies club player Heidi Rock who is undergoing treatment for bone cancer.
Lindley said: “The Fight Like a Girl Ladies Day for Heidi left a big mark on the club and it’s been a very, very positive week on the back of that.
“Hopefully, we can take that forward into Saturday’s fixture against Stamford.”