Bourne Rugby Club were edged out by Cleethorpes in a keenly-contested Lincs Junior Cup final at Kesteven.
Despite fine kicking from skipper Adam Binns and a man-of-the-match display from Tim Dixon, they were beaten 18-16 by a powerful and experienced Cleethorpes side.
Bourne started brightly and full-back Matt Ross made a storming 40m dash before offloading to John Hume. Cleethorpes held the ball up 10m out and cleared their lines from the resulting scrum.
Bourne conceded a penalty on the 22m line which was converted and it wasn’t long before the score became 8-0 following the first try of the match.
Good work from Daniel Bonham and Jason Rushton led to a Bourne penalty on the 22m line, which Binns converted to reduce the arrears to 8-3.
Cleethorpes went further ahead with their second try and a further blow for Bourne saw Alan Faversham going off with a shoulder injury.
Bourne finished the first half strongly, though, and Binns converted his second penalty before Drew Castle combined well with Ross who found Dixon to score under the posts.
Binns’ kicking boots were again spot on to leave Bourne just 15-13 down at the break.
The second half started as the first with Bourne in positive mood. Andy Dixon and Josh Bonney both made good yardage only to be forced into touch.
Bonham was harshly yellow carded for being offside at a ruck and Cleethorpes took the three points for 18-13.
Bourne received another penalty after good work from Jake Appleby, Neil Wood and Harry Thornburn – Binns again converting to make it 18-16.
Time eventually ran out for Bourne who will be holding a recruitment drive to gain more players for next season.
They are running a come and try it day on June 8 when anyone is welcome.
No experience is necessary. Pre-season training will then commence on July 1.