MIDLANDS FOUR EAST (SOUTH): Bourne 14 Wellingborough Old Grammarians 24
Bourne skipper Tom Dixon is confident that the vision of club chairman Ted Thornburn will fire up the players to protect their place in the league.
I hate losing when we’ve come so close in some games and not managed to finish teams offBourne skipper Tom Dixon
But a sixth straight Midlands Four East (North) defeat, this time to Wellingborough Old Grammarians, has made the task of lifting the clouds of gloom currently hanging over Milking Nook Drove even more urgent.
The absences of prop Neil Wood and fly half Ed Hounsell were compounded by poor tackling as Bourne’s level of performance dropped compared to their heroics displayed during their Midlands Junior Vase third round win at Mellish last weekend.
Dixon said: “We set off fairly strongly, with a lot of pressure in their 22, but didn’t capitalise on it and just couldn’t get the ball over the line.
“We got a penalty try when one of their players kicked the ball away as were a metre from the line, but missed defensive tackles were a key issue against a side (in Wellingborough) who Mellish were so much better than.
“We had a chance right at the end to get a losing bonus point but Adam Binns was off injured and it was too wide for me to score from.”
Bourne have a chance to redeem themselves and collect what would be only their second league win of the season at Bedford Swifts, with four home games left to play this season and one of those against A15 rivals Deepings.
“I hate losing when we’ve come so close in some games and not managed to finish it off,” Dixon said.
“It’s not our aim to go down as Ted wants us to be a big, competitive side and relegation would be a step down.
“We want to attract players so we’re definitely not thinking of going down.