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Spalding Rugby Club are beaten by Bourne in Counties 1 Midlands East (South)





Bourne gained revenge for an opening day defeat against Spalding with victory in the final match of the Counties 1 Midlands East (South) campaign on Saturday.

Spalding won 24-17 in the first game of the season in September but Bourne reversed their fortunes with a 24-15 success at Centenary Park on Saturday.

Both sides came into the contest with just the local bragging rights at stake as there were no promotion or relegation issues for either side.

Derby day action from Spalding's match with Bourne. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Derby day action from Spalding's match with Bourne. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Derby day action from Spalding's match with Bourne. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Derby day action from Spalding's match with Bourne. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Derby day action from Spalding's match with Bourne. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Derby day action from Spalding's match with Bourne. Photo: Chris Lowndes

With a strong wind blowing across the pitch, Spalding started on the front foot by pinning Bourne back in their half.

It soon became apparent that the game would be won around the breakdown area with both teams using forceful carries, Luke Turner and Ash Ankar being prominent for Spalding.

Bourne conceded a penalty 10 metres from the try line. With scrum ball secured, Spalding's pack exerted pressure, number eight allowing Jack Grundy to pick up and successfully drive over for the opening unconverted try.

Derby day action from Spalding's match with Bourne. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Derby day action from Spalding's match with Bourne. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Derby day action from Spalding's match with Bourne. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Derby day action from Spalding's match with Bourne. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Derby day action from Spalding's match with Bourne. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Derby day action from Spalding's match with Bourne. Photo: Chris Lowndes

Despite going behind, Bourne were now in the game with their scrum half JonJo Roberts starting to become influential around the rucks with his short passes for runners to crash forward and, within a few minutes, their first try was scored to level the match.

Line-outs were proving tricky in the wind with the safe bet finding jumpers at the front, which Bourne edged during the 80 minutes.

On the half-hour, Bourne's centres broke through Spalding's defensive line and a try looked a certainty until Sam Christie, with his pace, hunted down, tackled and won a turnover to save the day.

Derby day action from Spalding's match with Bourne. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Derby day action from Spalding's match with Bourne. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Derby day action from Spalding's match with Bourne. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Derby day action from Spalding's match with Bourne. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Derby day action from Spalding's match with Bourne. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Derby day action from Spalding's match with Bourne. Photo: Chris Lowndes

But Bourne were now becoming more dominant and a converted try was the result with good play down the right wing.

Spalding’s response was swift. With the half time whistle imminent, George Douglas and Conall Mason combined to take the ball over the try line and leave the hosts two points adrift.

It was Bourne who took the initiative in the second half, using strong runners to punch holes in Spalding’s defence and, when they had the space, they were more effective using their running backs.

Bourne's left winger was fortunate to receive an offload from a Spalding player and had a clear run to the try line from halfway. However, full back Patrick caught him five metres short with a great tackle to save the day.

Bourne now had Spalding on the back foot with mounting pressure and their number eight Gareth Ramsden eased them further in front with a converted try.

Spalding seemed to be playing into Bourne’s hands as the players opted not to stick to their game plan, apart from Grundy, who was outstanding.

Derby day action from Spalding's match with Bourne. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Derby day action from Spalding's match with Bourne. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Derby day action from Spalding's match with Bourne. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Derby day action from Spalding's match with Bourne. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Derby day action from Spalding's match with Bourne. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Derby day action from Spalding's match with Bourne. Photo: Chris Lowndes

The result was little headway was made against Bourne and halfway through the second half Bourne's lock forced his way over the try line to extend their lead to 14 points.

Minutes were ticking away and Spalding’s fightback was not helped with Miguel Da Silva being yellow carded for a high tackle with 15 minutes remaining.

Spalding did produce a late rally through the forwards making headway and it was Ash Ankar who forced his way over in the final move of the game.

Derby day action from Spalding's match with Bourne. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Derby day action from Spalding's match with Bourne. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Derby day action from Spalding's match with Bourne. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Derby day action from Spalding's match with Bourne. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Derby day action from Spalding's match with Bourne. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Derby day action from Spalding's match with Bourne. Photo: Chris Lowndes

Both teams were not at their best after a hard season disrupted the challenges of cancelled training evenings and postponed games due to the appalling weather conditions this winter.

Bourne will finish in fourth place while Spalding ended the season in seventh spot.

Both clubs now have cup competitions to play in the coming weeks.

Spalding: Sam Cowell, Miguel Da Silva, Luke Turner, George Douglas, Macauley Crane, Ash Ankar, Will Shields, Jack Grundy, Jim Wraith, Callum Ferguson, Ben Shields, Conall Mason, Adam Sutcliffe, Sam Christie, Jack Patrick, Petrus Schrauwers, Alex Worth.



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