Brave Bourne fall just short of cup final glory

Bourne RFC v Cleethorpes. Photo: Simon Perkins EMN-140805-105959001
Bourne RFC v Cleethorpes. Photo: Simon Perkins EMN-140805-105959001
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After a tough year in the league Bourne were inches away from finishing the season with some silverware as they just missed out on claiming the Lincolnshire Junior Cup on Monday.

Bourne narrowly lost 18-16 to Cleethorpes after a belting cup final.

Cleethorpes kicked off and Bourne broke through scrum half Drew Castle and Matt Ross, who came into the line from full back to run 40m upfield into the Cleethorpes 22, off-loading to John Hume who was in support. Cleethorpes held the ball up 10m out and cleared their lines from the resulting scrum.

However, Cleethorpes went 3-0 up with a penalty and continued to put pressure on the Bourne line. A 5m lineout led to their forwards pushing over in the corner for a try which was unconverted.

Some good work from Dan Bonham led to a Bourne penalty on the 22, which Adam Binns stood up to get his side on the board.

Cleethorpes continued to keep the ball in the forwards and put together a further forwards drive.

Strong tackles from Alan Faversham and Bonham and finally Harry Thornburn who thought he had held the ball up were not enough and a try was conceded under the posts, making it 3-15.

Bourne were further hampered with Faversham leaving the field early with a shoulder injury, with Paul Mabey coming on as replacement.

Mabey meant business and caught the ball from the kick off to run a good 10 yards through the opposition, Antony Cooke supported him and Neil Wood also had a run. Bourne used their pods to good effect, taking play up to the 10m line where a penalty was awarded, which Binns converted.

The kick off was well controlled again with Jake Appleby catching the ball and the forwards protecting it to allow Tom Dixon to kick a clearance upfield of some 50m into touch on the Cleethorpes 22m line.

Bourne disrupted the lineout with Mabey going through to turn over the ball.

A quick release from Castle and Ross entering the line from fullback created a gap. His pass to Dixon led to a try under the posts, which Binns converted for 13-15.

The second half started as the first with a good catch and clearance from scrum half Castle. Bourne were trying to run the ball and both wings Andrew Dixon and Josh Bonney had good yardage only to be forced into touch.

Size in the set piece was still telling and every time Bourne made progress, Cleethorpes won the ball back in either the scrum or lineout and booted back upfield.

Bonham was then harshly yellow carded for being offside at a ruck and Cleethorpes took the three points.

Bourne then earned a penalty after good work from Appleby, Wood and Thornburn, Binns again converting to bring them back to within two points.

With 15 minutes left, Andy Dixon had a further good run upfield , but unfortunately was bundled into touch.

Any Cleethorpes attack was stopped by hard defence from Dixon, Jones and the back row who kept their line well throughout the game to keep the opposing backs out of the game.

Pressure did result in a penalty chance for Binns which unfortunatley just dipped under the posts from 40m out before time ran out for Bourne.

but Cleethorpes knew they had been in a game, Bourne had certainly played the better game and with that extra bit of bulk and size in the team things could have been a lot different.

A recruitment drive is now on to gain more players for the squad next season, they will be running an ‘open come and try it day on the 8th June ‘ when anyone is welcome, no experience necessary. Pre Season training will then commence on 1st July.

Man of the match Tom Dixon