Bourne Rugby Club are victorious against Peterborough Lions
Bourne moved up into sixth place in Counties 1 Midlands East (South) after a convincing 59-10 victory at Peterborough Lions on Saturday.
This was the first meeting between the two sides in the club's histories and a surprisingly pleasant November's afternoon set the scene for an exciting match.
Knowing a bonus point win would help them to leapfrog fellow Lincolnshire side Spalding in the table, Bourne flew out of the blocks.
Following an accurate line-out, they passed the ball wide for winger Jack Lagdon to dive over in the corner. Sam Evison converted from the touchline to give the away side an early 0-7 lead.
Evison then added a close-range penalty, before Lions answered back with a penalty of their own to make it 3-10.
This would be the only shot Lions would fire for a while as Bourne crossed over for three more tries before half-time, coming from Evison, full-back Jack Berry, and number eight Tom Dixon.
The latter dotted down after a 15-metre push at the scrum from the Bourne pack, led by the front row of Jake Appleby, Harry Thornburn, and Bobby Pierce. Evison converted all the tries to make the half-time score 3-31.
Bourne weren't willing to take their foot off the gas in the second period with centre Josh Lynch crashing over from short range in the early exchanges of the half.
Winger Jon Levett then scored a remarkable 50-metre effort before flanker Adam Binns bagged a brace of tries, the first coming from an audacious cross-field kick from centre Ollie Martin.
Evison again converted all to round off a perfect day from the tee and a 24-point personal tally.
Lions did score a late try off the back of some clever work in the midfield, but it was little more than consolation as the match finished 10-59.
Flanker Ben Moss was awarded player of the match for his relentless work in defence, along with some devastating carries.
He said: "We've had a tough start so it's nice to be building some momentum off the back of the last few weeks.
"To have worked our way up to sixth, even after a poor first few weeks, shows we are improving and we will be working hard this week to be ready for the next game."
Bourne travel to Leicester on Saturday to face fourth-placed Vipers.