Promotion-chasing Bourne must stay focused in quest for honours

Aylestone St James v Bourne
Aylestone St James v Bourne
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Team manager John Hume is urging his Bourne Rugby Club charges to remain focused in their quest for honours this season.

Bourne maintained their push for promotion from Midlands 4 East (South) last weekend with a hard-fought 27-21 away win at Aylestone St James.

The victory cemented their grip on second spot in the standings and ensured they have a 10-point advantage over third-placed Brackley while trailing table-topping St Neots by just three points.

They travel to face Midlands 5 East (South) high-flyers North Hykeham this weekend for a cup clash and Hume wants his players to keep concentrating on the task in hand after an indifferent refereeing performance affected last Saturday’s away match.

Hume said: “If we can win under those circumstances, beating a good side at their ground, we can afford to approach games with a degree of confidence.

“But we need to remain realistic and focussed. We’ve slipped up before and weren’t far off losing – only our best will be good enough to guarantee winning games.”

Bourne needed to finish with a late flurry to secure their victory at Aylestone last weekend.

An upset looked on the cards when Bourne were trailing 21-10 with both skipper Tom Dixon and Sam Thornburn being yellow carded at separate points during the second half.

Dixon then had to withdraw himself from proceedings to prevent being red-carded and Bourne showed a real resolve to hit back and claim victory.

Stand-in captain Sam Harby said: “It was a tough day at the office.

“Our discipline is always improving but we were caught out on Saturday – to be fair to the lads the circumstances were unusual and, although it took us most of the game, we did eventually learn how to deal with it.”

Player-coach Dave Maudsley added: “Aylestone were much improved and worthy of running us close.

“For reasons beyond the control of either side the game never flowed and I suspect they will be even more frustrated than us.

“But the first and last 10 minutes of the game were proof of what we’re capable of and I believe we deserved the win.”

Standings

Midlands 4 East (South)

Pld W D L Pts

St Neots 9 8 0 1 40

Bourne 10 8 0 2 37

Brackley 10 6 0 4 27

Deepings 10 5 1 4 24

Bedford Swifts 9 4 2 3 23

Wellingborough OG 9 4 1 4 22

Aylestone 9 3 0 6 17

Thorney 10 2 0 8 10

Stamford College 10 1 0 9 7