A lapse in concentration led to Bourne’s downfall at Stamford College Old Boys, according to 1st XV skipper Tom Dixon.
Two penalties by Bourne fly-half Ed Hounsell were the only gifts Old Boys were prepared to give out at Green Lane as the visitors’ confidence from a narrow defeat to Sileby Town the previous week proved misplaced.
Dixon said: “It was quite a steady game for us but a silly try in the second half, when maybe we switched off, and then we just couldn’t get our momentum back.
“We were confident of beating Stamford but they also came with a lot of confidence and pushed themselves to the win.
“We’ve got a bit of a break now which I hope won’t destroy some of the players as we need to step up our training and start winning games.”
Joint coach Nigel Lindley said: “We started well and had a very good first 20 minutes.
We’ve got a very good compliment of players but we need to get them together collectively on the training groundBourne joint coach Nigel Lindley
“Then we lost tight head prop Rab Forbes and we had to put our second row forward Brad Hiscocks in Rab’s position.
“We also lost one of our wing forwards and thereafter we were playing catch-up rugby.
“The set-piece was, to a great extent, our Achilles heel and once we’d lost a couple of players in the first half, we had to work hard to contain the Stamford team.
“We’ve got a very good compliment of players but we need to get them together collectively on the training ground.
“We’re firefighting at the moment and you can’t go on firefighting without struggling.”