Duo aiming to build on opening day victories in crunch clash
Bourne Rugby Club player-coach Dave Maudsley wants his side to treat Saturday’s derby duel with Stamford as just another game.
The two sides meet in an eagerly-anticipated Midlands 3 East (South) clash at Milking Nook Drove on Saturday (3pm kick-off).
Both sides enjoyed opening day victories last weekend after contrasting fortunes the previous campaign.
Bourne enjoyed a super season which ended in promotion while Stamford were relegated from Midlands 2 East (South) after winning just two of their 22 games to set up Saturday’s showdown.
Maudsley said: “Stamford won’t be worried about us – just a few months ago there was two leagues difference between us and they will quite rightly fancy their chances.
“While we will consider each game one at a time we need to approach each in the same way and believe that if we give our best we’ll be in with a shout.
“We’re at our worst when get caught up thinking any game is more significant than any other.”
Bourne go into Saturday’s match on the back of a cracking 26-13 away success at St Neots last weekend.
The Saints had pipped Bourne to the Midlands 4 East (South) title last season so Maudsley was delighted to win the battle of the two promoted club.
He added: “It was great to get a win under our belts and particularly off the back of being relatively good for large parts of the game.
“There’s a long way to go yet and that win will mean nothing if we don’t back it up.
“It will be a tough season and we’ll be made to work very hard for results.
“If we’re honest we have to admit we’re expecting something of a rollercoaster and while there will certainly be highs we’ll also have to deal with plenty of lows.”
Skipper Tom Dixon was voted man-of-the-match in Saturday’s success and he’s hoping the victory will stand them in good stead for the derby clash.
Dixon said: “At times we were pretty good, but we need to make sure we keep our discipline and keep the error count low.
“It was great to start with a win but Stamford will be a harder test and, although we believe in ourselves, we have to be better for longer at this level.”
Stamford won their league opener last Saturday with a 34-10 home victory over Birstall.