Bourne rugby club book bank holiday final

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Bourne rugby club have booked a bank holiday cup final after travelling to the extremities of the county to play their long-awaited Lincolnshire Cup semi final with Barton & District.

They travelled early so that the journey was well out of their systems before kick-off and also giving the coaches the chance to put over the last bits of advice and tactics.

Bourne were up for it from the start and a clean catch by Cooke from the kick-off settled a few nerves.

Good ball was made available and Tom Dixon cleared the ball upfield.

Barton ran the ball back but at the breakdown were turned over, Harry Bower emerging with the ball, passing on to his back row partner Harry Thornburn.

They took it up to half way before offloading to Adam Binns who cut the defence apart to nearly run in a try.

He was held up five metres out and Barton managed to clear their lines, but only to half way before being penalised. Binns stepped up from 40m out and kicked the three points.

The ball was again run back at Barton from the restart, Faversham and Hume combining well before being stopped illegally, with a further penalty resulting, again converted by Binns.

Bourne should then have scored a try, but Liam Croker was held up just short of the line, Barton somehow managing to clear their line again.

The scrum was fairly even with both teams winning their own ball, but a firm base from the front row of Rushton, Xipu and Wood was allowing Castle to give the backs good ball. The remainder of the half was spent in the Barton half but with no score to show.

With the slope and wind in the second half, Bourne put on the pressure.

Jack Berry collected a kick at full pace and danced his way through the Barton defence, before passing to man-of-the-match Andy Dixon who ran in to score, converted by Binns.

Two high tackles gave Bourne two further penalties, both kicked by Binns for a 19-0 lead.

Wood and Rushton went on a rumble up the pitch, Faversham broke from the blind side but was stopped illegally for a further penalty which Binns scored.

The home team then had a period of dominance, slowly working their way upfield and were awarded a number of penalties which they chose to run.

They were finally awarded with a forwards’ try under the posts which was converted.

Barton were trying to run the ball at every opportunity, but Binns read a stray pass and intercepted to run a try in under the posts to put 
the score beyond doubt at 29-7.

Bourne play in the final at Woodnook, Kesteven Rugby Club’s ground, on bank holiday Monday against Cleethorpes, kick off 11.30am.