Bourne RFC came from behind with three converted tries to win a feisty encounter at mid-table rivals Aylestone Athletic on Saturday.
Bourne won 21-19 to keep alive their hopes of a top six finish, scoring three converted tries to move six points clear of their opponents in the Midlands 4 East (South) table.
Tom Dixon scored twice, either side of Ed Hilliam-Cooke’s second-half try, before the referee ended the game on 70 minutes due to what Bourne skipper Adam Binns called the “physical nature” of the game.
“It was a very interesting game,” said Binns. “Both sides were really up for it. It was extremely physical.
“I think every player came off with a cut or bruise but we stuck together and came away with the win.”
With 10 minutes remaining and bodies increasingly battered, the referee called the captains together and they agreed to end the game early.
Binns added: “We were well on top at that point and I think we would have got another try and bonus point but it had become a bit too physical.
“They were brilliant hosts and we enjoyed it.”
However the match hadn’t begun well for Bourne who fell 12 points behind after conceding to tries through silly mistakes.
Just before half-time, Dixon finished off a fast, flowing move to reduce the deficit.
Bourne were slow out of the blocks again after the interval, slipping 19-7 down but that try spurred the visitors to life and they drove forward from Aylestone’s 22 yard line with good team play leading to Hilliam-Cooke’s score.
Dixon them completed the recovery with his second try.
Ironically, Bourne will want Aylestone to win when they take on sixth-placed Thorny tomorrow, while seventh-placed Bourne must beat Corby to keep their hopes of a top-half finish alive.
Bourne: Jake Appleby, Xanti Xipu, Neil Wood (Lee Wilcox), Tom Douglas, Paul Mamby, John Hume, Ed Hilliam-Cooke, Jason Rushton (Mark Thomas), Drew Castle, Tom Dixon, Ashley Reeves, Jack Berry, Adam Binns, Matt Ross, Aiden Smith. Rep: Alan Faversham.
l Bourne were knocked out of the County Cup at the quarter-final stage a week earlier at home to Cleethorpes.
l New players are welcome to join the club at its weekly training sessions which are held at Milking Nook Drove on Wednesdays from 6.30pm until 9pm.
For details call Adam Binns on 07970 940535.