Bourne run in four tries at Rushden & Higham to keep up promotion hopes
Bourne player/coach Andrew Brown expects his side's promotion challenge to come down to a head-to-head between themselves on Stamford.
Four tries at Rushden & Higham on Saturday were the proof that Bourne have put their top-of-the-table defeat at Oakham two weeks ago behind them.
But Brown's side struggled in the first half at Manor Park where a combination of windy conditions and ill-discipline from the visitors made it hard to recognise their four-place and 31-point difference between the two sides.
Bourne's points came courtesy of two tries from Jamie Colangelo, one each for Jack Berry and Josh Lynch, along with a conversion and penalty by Sam Evison.
Brown said: "It's certainly good to get another win under our belts, especially going away.
"We ended up playing on another pitch apart from the main one which was very undesirable because against a sideways wind in the first half.
"Rushden & Higham started better than we did and in the first ten minutes, we had a bit of indiscipline, allowing them out of their own 22-metre area.
"We also struggled with the referee's interpretation of the breakdown law until, 20 minutes into the first half, we started to gain some possession.
"By playing a well-structured game in tough conditions, we scored our first try from a set-piece move by our backs to go 5-0 up.
"But a little bit of indiscipline and a few mistakes allowed them to kick a penalty to make the half-time score 5-3.
"We made a change in the front row, bringing on Chris Greenwood to add a bit of balance and scrummaging technique.
"This proved to be crucial as the second half was very scrummage-orientated and we started to tackle the Rushden backs a bit more.
"Lineouts were non-existent, with not one for either side, but we got into a rhythm and our backs were dominating in the tackles out wide.
"Rushden ended up trying to ship it out wide and ten minutes into the second half, we managed to get the next try from another move by our backs.
"All in all, Rushden were a very solid team but we did a job on them, while not playing at our best.
"We allowed them into the game at times, but our forwards played well and they set up the platform for us to utilise our backs out wide."
"Overall, we picked up five points away from home against a team who are mid-table and who were looking to bounce back from a heavy defeat at Stamford the week before."
Bourne are back in league action on March 21 when they host St Neots at Milking Nook Drove and Brown said: "I believe that we've still got an opportunity for promotion.
"We've got key games ahead at Spalding and then Stamford at home in early April.
"The aim is to take each game as it comes, try to get maximum points from each game that we play and push for promotion, whether that's by getting top spot in the league or second.
"It's going to be very difficult to catch Oakham, unless they drop points.
"But we're still on track for promotion."