Bourne player/coach praises his side for standing up to 'bullying' Spalding
Player/coach Andrew Brown believes his Bourne side are the team to beat in Midlands Three (East) South this season.
Celebrating Bourne's impressive win over Spalding at Milking Nook Drove today, Brown was pleased with how his team-mates managed to end the Elephants' four-match winning run in the league.
Brown said: "We know that we're a good team, not necessarily because of our 18 loyal players who are willing to give everything, week in and week out.
"The club can rely now on 32 players every week after really pushing forward with our second team, while also having a core group of 12 to 13 players available for the first team.
"We defended with intensity and our attitude today was that if we conceded points, it's a mark against us.
"Our aim is to keep the opposition from scoring and be on top for 80 minutes.
"We've got backs who are electric and a pack that can play in different ways, compared to two or three years ago."
Bourne captain Tom Dixon said: "We had a week of great preparation for the game, stuck with it defensively and ended up with a deserved win.
"We were the better side for 70 minutes, even though we knew Spalding would be strong in the pack.
"But man for man, our backs just dominated the game and they showed that we could put points on the board.
"Spalding have been on a great run recently so it was nice to put a halt to that and get a bonus points' win."
Centre Adam McHugh, who lined up against his former club today, said: "As a team, we knew Spalding were going to turn up in what was a local derby.
"Bourne had never played Spalding before, so there were a lot of unknowns and they put us on the back foot at one stage.
"But a couple of the older, senior heads in our team got us playing and our team performance was absolutely fantastic in the end."
Brown said: "Our discipline showed that we weren't going to be forced into playing Spalding's game, even though they played some good rugby.
"They were here to bully us but we showed that we weren't going to be rolled over.
"Give Spalding credit for being where they are in the league, but we were the better side and today shows the achievement and hard work we've put in which says that we're the top team to beat in this league."