Stamford College Old Boys proved too strong for local rivals Bourne, winning 25-6 at home on Saturday.
Two penalties by Bourne fly-half Ed Hounsell were the only gifts Old Boys were prepared to give out at Green Lane as the visitors’ confidence from a narrow defeat to Sileby Town the previous week proved misplaced.
Bourne skipper Tom Dixon said: “It was quite a steady game for us but a silly try in the second half, when maybe we switched off, and then we just couldn’t get our momentum back.
“We were confident of beating Stamford but they also came with a lot of confidence and pushed themselves to the win.
“We’ve got a bit of a break now which I hope won’t destroy some of the players as we need to step up our training and start winning games.”
Joint coach Nigel Lindley said: “We started well and had a very good first 20 minutes.
“Then we lost tight head prop Rab Forbes and we had to put our second row forward Brad Hiscocks in Rab’s position.
“We also lost one of our wing forwards and thereafter we were playing catch-up rugby.
“The set-piece was, to a great extent, our Achilles heel and once we’d lost a couple of players in the first half, we had to work hard to contain the Stamford team.”
The Old Boys kept the play tight early on to suck in as many Bourne defenders as possible before shipping the ball to Birks and Brierley-Lewis on the wings, who made good breaks only to be taken down by last ditch tackles.
The visitors broke the early deadlock with a successful penalty kick. Not to be outdone College centre Johns successfully kicked a penalty against the wind to bring the game level. Shortly after William made a dash for the line from 20 metres out following a quick tap and go penalty.
Stamford College then crossed the line through full back Aram Jones, a well executed backs move enabled Phil Young to make a good line break, he proceeded to draw the last defender and offload to Jones who scored under the posts.
Old Boys had the better of the second half with the wind in their favour and not long after the restart Jones successfully kicked another penalty. Stamford skipper Pattinson then scored from the back of a well formed maul following a well placed kick to the corner.
In the closing moments the Old Boys pack pushed Bourne over their own try line to claim a bonus point fourth try.