Bournes match report against Southwark
A two week break, and several changes cannot stop Bournes hunger for the win.
After a 2 week break, Sittingbourne first team travelled to Kent 1 newcomers Southwark Lancers, looking to banish hazy memories of their previous loss to Beccehamians on 6th October. With the side marred by injuries and absences, several players were called upon to step up from the 2’s to make their season debut for the 1st team.
Southwark started the brightest and quickly put a startled looking Bourne on the back foot leaving only some excellent defensive work to deny the Lancers. It was Bourne though who were to break the deadlock; with a penalty given under the posts against the run of play it was down to Brad Ford to simply convert leaving the score after 25 minutes at 3-0. The home side continued their field dominance from the restart and again put the Bourne defence under pressure and were rewarded with a converted try under 10 minutes later. Bourne were more alert now though and quickly retaliated by forcing the Lancers to concede a penalty which Brad Ford duly converted, leaving the score at the end of a scrappy first half at 7-6.
Sittingbourne came out from half time the more fired up and managed to continue the pressure they had exerted in the latter stages of the first half. With the forwards now dominating the scrums, Bourne were rewarded with a well deserved try from Captain Matt Fender and conversion from Brad Ford 15 minutes into the second half. The away side continued their dominance and followed with a great steal from Chris Nanson leading to Matt Fender’s second try of the game and 4th of the season leaving the score at 20-7. With the Bourne captain forced to retire from the game through injury, Southwark were determined to get back into the game and the remainder of the match was played with Bourne forced to demonstrate their defensive skills. Much to Southwark’s disappointment a disallowed try 5 minutes from time meant that the game was all but out of reach; however they were rewarded with a consolation unconverted try with the final play of the game, leaving the final score 20-12.
Bourne are at home to top of the league Kings College Hospital next week, who suffered their second defeat of the season narrowly losing 24-20 to Shooters Hill at home. The fixture sees Bourne welcome their ex-players, VP’s, sponsors and supporters to their first Presidents Day of the season with a pre-match buffet being served from 1pm, see http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/sittingbournerfc/news/vice-presidents-day-748308.html for further information