Player-coach wants to remain involved at Milking Nook Drove
Bourne Rugby Club player-coach Dave Maudsley is stepping down from his role at Milking Nook Drove.
Maudsley, who has led Bourne to the highest level in the club’s history, wants to remain involved with the Midlands 3 East (South) club.
But he feels the time is right to take a break from his playing and coaching role after Bourne’s NLD final at the end of the month.
They rounded off their league campaign with a crushing 73-7 victory over St Neots on Saturday to cap a stunning second half of the season.
Bourne had spent almost the entirety of the first half of the season at the bottom of the table, but finished their league campaign having won half of their fixtures with more wins than seven of the sides in their league and equal to Daventry who finished fourth.
Maudsley said: "I'm retiring from playing and coaching, so Saturday was a big deal for me.
"I'll be 40 in a couple of months so now is a good time to have a break from playing and coaching.
"This is my third season and I'm hoping to be taking on a slightly different role within the club,
"I'm hoping that there will be a role where I can stay and have an input at the club.
"We have that type of performance in the locker, but in the first half of the season we were missing a few key players for any number of reasons.
"So we never got a regular side out and were relying on players who weren't quite up to the desired level.
"But since January, we've had our best players out and played like the real Bourne.
"We always believed that we were able to stay at this level but we also wanted to get into a winning habit and stay with it.
"We felt confident that we would, but there was also a degree of thinking whether we would or wouldn't.
"The lads have worked hard, they've come together and trained, developed and played as a group.
"There have been times when things have gone against us and we allowed that to influence the outcome of games, throwing some of them away.
"We've always had the ability, but not the attitude to match it.
"But we've got closer and closer which has kept us in this league.”
Bourne’s NLD final against Ashfield will take place at Newark on Saturday, April 27.