Bourne 27 Oundle 34
Bourne’s narrow loss to one of the pacesetters in Midlands 4 East (South) shows Bourne are on the right track.
Visitors Oundle had beaten league leaders Bedford Swifts 43-0 the previous week and were certainly going to be a stiff challenge for a young Bourne 1st XV.
Tries from Adam Binns, Andy Dixon, Ed Cooke and prop Neil ‘Pitchero’ Wood meant Bourne led 27-20 going into the final quarter.
But Oundle scored two late tries in a dramatic finish that saw them leave Milking Nook Drove victorious.
Bourne nevertheless managed to secure two valuable bonus points but will be bitterly disappointed that they let a win slip away.
It was the visitors who struck first with a quick converted try, having moved the ball wide after winning a turnover on the halfway.
Oundle then reacted first to bulldoze over after the ball squirted out of a defensive Bourne scrum, again converting.
Bourne hit back with a try from Binns which he converted from a difficult angle.
From the restart, Harry Thornburn collected the ball and cut through the Oundle defence before unloading to Andy Dixon to score.
Binns added a penalty and was instrumental in a good backs move which was only halted by a try-saving tackle.
The pack held their own and on occasion had the upper hand with Xanti Appleby working well in the front row.
Man of the match Alan Faversham was one of several who worked tirelessly at the breakdown to secure ball.
Bourne went into the second half with a narrow lead aiming to continue their exciting brand of rugby.
More good forward play and a secure scrum took them into the opposition’s half.
Thornburn passed from the base of the scrum to Cooke who went over on 46 minutes.
Then Wood ploughed over in the corner after a driving maul took Bourne back to the Oundle line. Binns converted.
However, confusion in the Bourne midfield led to Oundle scoring a brace of late tries.