MIDLANDS JUNIOR VASE ROUND 3: MELLISH 24 BOURNE 26
A well-worked try and match-winning penalty by centre Adam Binns capped off a superb team display for Bourne in round three of the Midlands Junior Vase.
Their two-point win over Midlands Four East (North) side Mellish in Nottingham was largely down to character, determination and superior fitness against their more physical opponents.
Bourne joint coach Nigel Lindley claimed the seeds for the win were sown at a midweek training session which gave his side added belief.
“The game plan was to move the ball around, move Mellis around and tire them,” Lindley said.
“In the last 20 minutes, we started to get the ball in behind them and create a number of opportunities.
The spirit we showed was absolutely superb, especially after a defensive lapse which led to the Mellish score.Bourne RFC joint coach Nigel Lindley
“The spirit we showed was absolutely superb, especially after a defensive lapse which led to the Mellish score.
“But instead of capitulating, we went down the other end and got a penalty from which Adam Binns scored with a pressure kick.
“There was a real sense of achievement among the players after a great result and the boys deserved it.”
Bourne are back in Midlands Four East (South) action at home to Wellingborough Old Grammarians on Saturday and Lindley is urging his players to take their Vase form into the second half of the league season.
Lindley said: “If we can get everybody playing well and collectively, we can surprise a lot of sides.
“But we need reasonable turnouts at training and then we can follow on from Mellish, a win that I hope will spur us on for the coming challenges ahead.”