Bourne RFC 10 Boston 2nd 8
BOURNE RFC won their opening game of the season in dramatic style turning around an 8-0 defecit in the final minutes to win 10-8.
Winger Mark Needham was instrumental in both Bourne’s tries, outpacing the Boston defence to snatch a victory in the final seconds.
Bourne showed great spirit to beat Boston in windy conditions at Milking Nook Drove where a partisan crowd was swelled by a contingent of vice presidents.
Playing with a driving wind at their backs in the first half, Bourne made a strong start, putting their pre-season work to good effect.
Bourne were camped in the opposition 22 for a ten minute period but were unable to break the deadlock.
Despite a number of half-breaks from James Beanland, Bourne lost territory and shortly before half time Boston opened the scoring from a quick tap penalty.
At half time came, the home side knew they had an uphill struggle against the wind in the second period but with the dynamic running of Simon Sleight replacing the unfortunate Karl Gray, Bourne set to work once more.
Line-outs continued to prove difficult for Bourne who were struggling to make the most of the set piece ball they had. The game drifted into a series of errors with handling and even the John Burgin, resplendent in gold boots, was unable to provide the spark to ignite Bourne’s performance.
Bourne’s forwards continued to work hard in the loose, and some high quality tackling from Rhys Powell resulted in two penalties at key times.
Boston continued to press but through forward passes and missed shots at goal were unable to add to their score until 15 minutes from the end when their fly-half extended their lead with a penalty.
Bourne were left staring down the barrel of an opening day defeat until the final five minutes when the ball was moved wide to winger Needham who made good ground before being brought down; Bourne recycled the ball and two phases later Tom Douglas was well-positioned to go over from 10 yards for his first Bourne try.
Bourne then played the ball wide again and with the last play of the game Needham rounded the defence to score the winning try.
Bourne: D Delaine; M Needham, J Beanland, J Burgin, M Thomas (N Lewis); C Weston, G Smith; M Cuffe, K Gray (S Sleight), R Kent (D Hill), J Adams, T Douglas, T Donley (R Powell), J Hume, S Pick.
Bourne face Skegness 2nds at home tomorrow.
Kick off is at 3pm.