Derby day dynamite for Bourne and Deepings

DERBY DATE: Action from October when Deepings beat Bourne 16-11. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG251014-147TW
DERBY DATE: Action from October when Deepings beat Bourne 16-11. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG251014-147TW
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No quarter will be asked or given when Bourne face Deepings at Milking Nook Drive in Midlands Four East (South) action on Saturday.

The self-styled “finest sports club in Lincolnshire” meet the Green Machine on the back of contrasting fortunes at the weekend.

While Deepings’ weakened squad went down 27-5 at home to Bedford Swifts, Bourne picked up their second win in succession with a 46-0 away day demolition at Corby, running in seven tries.

Bourne will be without Sam Harby who suffered a knee injury at Corby, while Deepings have skipper Gareth Silverwood unavailable for the rematch of October’s clash when the Green Machine edged a 16-11 win.

Deepings will also be missing Luke Whitby who broke his collarbone in the defeat to Bedford Swifts at Linchfield Road.

Silverwood said: “Rivalry-wise, it’s more on the Bourne side because this is the first time we’ve played them at their place for a few years.

“There’s a definite issue for Bourne with Deepings, but it’s just another league game for us.

“Bourne had a good win against Corby on Saturday and before that, they beat Brackley which was a hell of a win for them

“But it’s a local derby so a lot of our guys will be putting their names forward to play.

“It’s going to be a close game but hopefully we can get a win.”

Meanwhile, Bourne coach John Forbes said: “It was a good team effort from the boys against Corby on Saturday and they played to the agreed match plan to stop a potential banana skin game from going wrong for us.

“Confidence was high within the team after the win against Brackley and it took a well-structured performance to stop any slip-ups from happening against Corby.”