Bourne battle with Swifts

Micheal Bentley on behalf of Contemporary Conservatories recently sponsored Bourne RFC's game
Micheal Bentley on behalf of Contemporary Conservatories recently sponsored Bourne RFC's game
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Bourne showed how much they have improved as a side when they battled to a 40-6 loss against Bedford Swifts at home on Saturday.

It was never going to be an easy game, against a Bedford Swifts side that had given Bourne a 90-0 thumping earlier in the season and a heavy pitch did not aid matters, but the team were in good spirits after some improved performances of late.

Unfortunately matters were not helped as from the kick off, Jack Berry’s clearance kick was charged down and Swifts scored a converted try under the posts within the first minute.

Heads did not drop though and from the restart the forwards chased down the ball resulting in a turnover, the back row of Faversham, Cooke Jnr and Hume were letting the opposition know they were there and winning some good ball for the backs.

Tom Dixon at fly half was distributing to good effect and new centre combination of Bonham and Jones worked well .

The front row of Wood, Wilcox and Powell were also in fine form taking scrums against the head.

Swifts scored on the counter, with their fullbacks returning a kick and then passing to his centre who ran through several tackles to score under the posts.

Bourne responded well, driving up the field.

When Faversham was stopped just short and won a penalty. Tom Dixon decided it was time to take the points and kicked over from under the posts, 3-14.

With this positive period of play Bourne had gained some confidence and from the kick off Tom Dixon gathered and put a massive 50m kick into touch on the Swifts 22.

The lineout was won against the throw by Hume and the resulting ruck led to Swifts being penalised again.

Although out wide Dixon decided to take the kick and slotted over from some 30m. 6-14.

Bourne remained on top for the final 10 minutes of the half with Matt Ross coming close, but was bundled into touch 5m out.

Changes were made just after half time with, Bower, Payne, Xipu and Brown coming on to replace tired legs.

Play was confined to the centre of the field for the next 15 minutes with many scrums and not a lot of room to run the ball.

Swifts were beginning to get edgy but did finally break through with their forwards to score in the corner 6-19.

Bedford had new impetus and further pressure resulted in Jack Berry being yellow carded for a knock on.

Swifts ran in a couple more tries with the advantage of an extra man and it could have been more had the defence not been solid.

Harry Bower made one excellent try saving tackle just short of the line but Swifts scored again making the final score 6-40.