A lack of physicality in the front row cost Bourne dearly in their 31-24 league derby defeat at Stamford College Old Boys, according to losing skipper Tom Dixon.
Bourne’s chances of avenging their Lincs Cup semi-final defeat to their South Kesteven opponents six weeks earlier were hampered by a weakened squad and after conceding two converted tries in the first half, Dixon’s side looked destined for a long day at Green Lane.
But a try from Sam Thornburn before half-time, converted by Jack Berry, gave the visitors hope until the Old Boys’ network went clear again yet again and despite two tries from replacement Neil Wood, Bourne went down by seven points.
Dixon said: “We were missing our full-strength front row and Stamford dominated us in the pack.
“We couldn’t get clean ball and just didn’t get the rub of the green with some of the (refereeing) decisions.
“We should have won but we just didn’t match the physicality of their front eight.”
Deepings had to concede their scheduled trip to Old Newtonians as they had only 12 players available to travel.