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Bourne's Matt Kidd runs in six tries against Deepings' vets side at Linchfield Road




Bourne and Deepings met for the first time in nearly two years as a second XVs took on a Green Machine veterans' side at Linchfield Road.

Not since Bourne's promotion to Midlands Three East (South) at the end of the 2017-18 season has an A15 derby been contested on the rugby field.

Deeping started the game better, with a strong and experienced pack dominating the opening exchanges.

Action from Deepings' Vets against Bourne 2nd XVs at Linchfield Road.Photo by Alan Hancock. (30030671)
Action from Deepings' Vets against Bourne 2nd XVs at Linchfield Road.Photo by Alan Hancock. (30030671)

But their endeavours looked to have gone to waste when they turned possession over to Bourne after spilling the ball in contact.

The ball was quickly shipped to outside centre Matt Kidd who galloped in from the half-way line to give Bourne an unexpected lead.

From this point Bourne never looked back as what they lacked in age and experience was more than made up for by youth and pace.

Regaining possession from the restart, Bourne shipped the ball along their back line and Kidd was quick to find his way to the try line once again, his pace proving too much for the Deeping defence.

Bourne's next try was a fantastic solo effort by number eight Nathan Cope who gathered the Deeping restart inside his 22 and made a break down the blind-side.

Having beaten several defenders, Cope looked to be well-marshalled by Deeping's last defender before fooling everyone with an outrageous dummy to coast in from the half-way line.

Kicking to Bourne from the restart meant handing over possession and without the ball Deeping were unable to build anything in the way of attack as their opponents prospered from having so much time with the ball in hand.

Action from Deepings' Vets against Bourne 2nd XVs at Linchfield Road.Photo by Alan Hancock. (30030674)
Action from Deepings' Vets against Bourne 2nd XVs at Linchfield Road.Photo by Alan Hancock. (30030674)

It was wing Logan Nicholson who scored next for Bourne after Deeping had kicked long to briefly put some pressure on the visitors.

But simple handling by fly-half Dave Maudsley put Nicholson in space and he made light work of covering almost the entire length of the pitch.

Deeping tried the same tactic from the next restart and had a little more success as their kick-chase proved far better second time round, meaning more pressure on Bourne.

Action from Deepings' Vets against Bourne 2nd XVs at Linchfield Road.Photo by Alan Hancock. (30030681)
Action from Deepings' Vets against Bourne 2nd XVs at Linchfield Road.Photo by Alan Hancock. (30030681)

Their respite was short-lived though as Maudsley cleared his line with a good kick to the corner of the field and with his backs being the quicker by some margin, the ball was gathered by Kidd who selflessly offloaded to centre Dave Greenfield for his side's fifth try of the game.

Deeping were finally rewarded with a try when the power of their pack proved too much for Bourne.

Having forced their way upfield with a decent spell of possession, the forwards attempted a number of short drives and eventually one final pick-and-go seemed to have done enough.

Action from Deepings' Vets against Bourne 2nd XVs at Linchfield Road.Photo by Alan Hancock. (30030683)
Action from Deepings' Vets against Bourne 2nd XVs at Linchfield Road.Photo by Alan Hancock. (30030683)

Bourne fittingly rounded off the half with Kidd grabbing his hat-trick after some good work by the Bourne pack, notably hooker Ben Haigh and prop Rob Coupland, saw the ball recycled well and once again it was simple handling as far as Kidd was concerned in crossing the try line with ease.

With Bourne scrum-half Weston having converted five of his side's conversions, Bourne had reached forty points with relative ease.

But there was still time for some drama when, with just two minutes before half-time, Bourne captain Weston was yellow-carded for overzealous use of his boot in trying to dig the ball out of a ruck.

Action from Deepings' Vets against Bourne 2nd XVs at Linchfield Road.Photo by Alan Hancock. (30030686)
Action from Deepings' Vets against Bourne 2nd XVs at Linchfield Road.Photo by Alan Hancock. (30030686)

Then a minute later Haigh followed him into the sin bin for dissent.

The second half was a slightly tighter affair with Deeping much more influential.

A rearranged back line saw them come to life and they had far more opportunity to attack than they had previously.

But it was a similar story for Bourne who opened their second half account when Kidd added his fourth try of the afternoon.

The Bourne back line was well-orchestrated by Maudsley and fullback Jack Lagdon as they regularly found Kidd with ease, leaving him the relatively simple job of running in his tries.

Not surprisingly Kidd soon added his fifth, albeit after he gathered a long Deeping kick before setting off towards the hosts' try line.

Replacement full-back Dale Faulkner was in the thick of the action throughout the next five minutes.

Denied a try after appearing to have received a forward pass, Faulkner immediately crossed again, this time the try being awarded.

However, his good work was undone from the resulting restart when he was immediately sin-binned for finding himself in an offside position.

From the penalty, Deeping once again strung some good phases together and deservedly they crossed for a second try.

Despite Bourne's efforts to make less use of Kidd, he went on to add a sixth try to his tally.

In similar fashion to his previous five, Kidd had little to do other than find the space and back his speed, making light work of evading any Deeping defenders who somehow got close to him.

Although Weston missed this latest conversion attempt, the previous two having sailed over meant that Bourne were 59 - 10 ahead going into the last ten minutes.

Bourne crossed for an additional two tries through Lagdon and second-row Danny Day.

Lagdon's try came from a simple strike move run by the Bourne back line, while Day's came at the end of some fantastic interplay throughout the pack.

Unsurprisingly, Bourne's man of the match was Kidd who proved a threat throughout the afternoon, with his pace ending up as the biggest difference between the two sides.

In the interests of enjoyment Bourne had rightly tried to replace Kidd at one point, only for him to have to return to the field as injury cover.

Yet somehow the ball seemed to keep finding its way to the prolific outside centre on numerous occasions.

However, Kidd played down his contribution after the game and said: "I got lucky a couple of times as I was the right man in the right place when the ball came along and I had some fairly easy run-ins.

"It's great to score tries and getting six is certainly a highlight of my career."

Maudsley, Bourne's director of rugby, said: "It was obviously a decent result for us, but credit to Deeping as they played a big part.

"Take Matt out of the equation and the result would have looked very different which probably would have been a fairer reflection of Deeping's contribution.

"Regardless of the result though the game was played in great spirit and it was an enjoyable afternoon.

"Importantly for us though that's the third week in a row our second team have fulfilled a fixture and that's a huge step in the right direction for us."


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