Season 2017/2018 • 31st League Season
South West Premier • Level 5
Bournemouth (3rd) v Hornets (14th)
Game Sponsored by Pickfords
Saturday, 11 November, KO 2.30pm at Chapel Gate
Result: Bournemouth 59/9t4c2p-0 Hornets
Impish Hardcastle makes it ten tries this season
Bournemouth: Grant Hancox/4c2p, Harry Davis/t, Freddie Gleadowe, Scott Chislett/t, Alex Everett-Bolter, Adam Davies, Sam Hardcastle/4t, Pat Fraser, Frazer Wilford, Alan Manning, Tom Napier, Mike Treloar, Dave McDonald/t, Alexander Bennett, Joe Rees/C. Substitutes: Luca Firetto/t, Jack Hennings, Alex Sutherland/t. Touch Judge: Gavin Fisher. DoR: Will Croker. Coach: Jon Sanchez. Manager: Andrew Evans. Medical Team: Andy Curtis. Conker Gin Man of the Match: Sam Hardcastle. League Records: Scott Chislett extends his own record to 171 starts as inside centre. Grant Hancox equals Jon Sanchez’s career record of 90 penalty goals. Sam Hardcastle extends his own records to: 305 starts, 292 starts as scrum-half, 182 tries, 943 points and 8 hat-tricks. Alan Manning extends his own record to 190 starts as TH prop. Joe Rees extends his own record to 71 starts as No 8. Frazer Wilford extends his own record to 102 starts as hooker. League Milestones: Harry Davis scores his first league try. Luca Firetto scores his 25th point. Grant Hancox scores 600 (604) points. Only the fourth Bournemouth player to reach that mark
Referee: Alex Marsh. Adviser: Simon Thomas.
Just one change to the back line that played Ivybridge last week, Scott Chislett replaced Alex Sutherland at inside centre while Alex reverted to the bench. One change also to the pack; Jack Hennings was replaced by Tom Napier at lock and Jack was placed on the bench.
The weather was fine but cloudy with a breeze blowing from the West blowing straight down the pitch from left to right as viewed from the stand but which fell away to virtually nothing during the match. A nasty drizzle half-an-hour before the game made conditions underfoot slippery.
Bournemouth (Adam Davies) kicked off into the wind, right to left as viewed from the stand and to their right.
Hornets ran the ball back right from the kick-off through their strong-running threes but an uncompromising tackle by Chislett put the ball-carrier into touch on the half-way line. The same player grabbed the ball and threw the ball in quickly to try and release the Bournemouth threes but Hornets were alert to the danger and Bournemouth found themselves going backwards. Flanker Bennett, who must have been a strong candidate for the Bournemouth Man of the Match, broke free of the shackles with typical elusiveness in those tight situations and with enough pace to take him away from trouble, took play deep into the Hornets half. There was that aforementioned imp bursting to get up in support and Hardcastle was round unopposed to spot the ball under the posts. Hancox had no difficulty in adding to his impressive points tally and, slightly against the early run of play, Bournemouth had a 7-nil lead after just a couple of minutes. Hornets went right at the restart and Hardcastle kicked high for the chasers to close down. Hornets went left but found it very difficult to make any progress against a relentless Bournemouth defence who gave the visitors absolutely no room for manoeuvre and they had to resort to a kick. Wilford fielded the ball and, in what became a characteristic feature of the hooker’s play all afternoon, ran the ball back and ‘took on’ the would be challengers. His efforts were rewarded when referee Alex Marsh penalized the defenders for being offside at the contact. From some 27 metres out and to the left of the posts, Hancox kicked a well-judged goal into that breeze to increase the lead to 10-nil after five or so minutes play. Hardcastle’s return kick at the restart went ‘straight out’ and Hornets had an attacking line-out on their right just outside the Bournemouth 22m. Driving off the line-out, Hornets forwards moved the ball in field but Marsh awarded Bournemouth a scrum for ‘truck and trailering’. Despite a long Davies clearing kick, Hornets ran the ball back, first right then back left where Bournemouth were penalized for a late tackle. Full back Charlie Carter opted to find touch to his right and Bournemouth found themselves back where they started but this time inside their 22m. Bournemouth managed to ‘steal’ the throw-in but were awarded a scrum for a Hornets knock on. No 8 Rees linked directly with Chislett off the back of the scrum and the inside centre created room for Davies to ‘break out’ supported by Bennett. This exciting move broke down with a Bournemouth knock on in the face of the scrambling Hornets defence. From a scrum on their 10m, Hornets went left where Bournemouth were penalized for not releasing in the tackle and Carter found touch to his left outside the Bournemouth 10m. Going right from the line-out, Hornets were penalized for ‘holding on’ and Davies pressed them back to the half-way line to his right. The Bournemouth forwards drove off the line-out but Hornets turned the ball over and went right. They were penalized while a little fracas broke out elsewhere and Marsh was moved to have a chat with the two captains. The upshot was Hancox was invited to ‘go for goal’ from inside the Hornets 10m. He had the distance but pulled his effort to the right of the posts and Hornets had a 22m drop out. Rees fielded the ball and fed Wilford who set of on one of his bullocking runs. Bournemouth retained the ball well and the Hornets were fully stretched in preventing Bournemouth making any significant progress but the homeside got their reward when Marsh penalized Hornets inside their 22m. Hancox from right of the posts and some 20 metres out made the score 13-nil after half-an-hour’s play. Restarting right, Fraser fielded the ball but Hornets forced the turn over and went left with a dangerous three-quarter move with Carter coming into the line. The full back however ‘lost’ the ball into touch for a Bournemouth throw-in outside their 22m. Rees secured the ball at the back and went left where Hornets were penalized enabling Davies to press the visitors back further by finding touch to his left on the half-way line. It was Bournemouth’s turn to ‘lose’ the ball as they went right from the line-out for a Hornets scrum inside the Bournemouth 10m. Hornets went left and Bournemouth were unlucky not to be able to secure the ball when Hornets knocked on. Nonetheless, from the scrum Bournemouth went right and Hancox coming into the line made a strong break taking play into the Hornets 22m. There was Hardcastle again on hand to round off a great passage of Bournemouth play. Hancox was not too out of breadth to kick the goal and Bournemouth lead 20-nil with perhaps a quarter-of-an-hour to go to half-time. Bournemouth went right from the restart but again ‘lost’ the ball for a Hornets line-out on the Bournemouth 10m. Having first gone right Hornets coming back left kicked the ball ‘straight out’ for a Bournemouth line-out on the half-way line. Coming left, Everett-Bolter had a run but again the ball was lost and Hornets kicked clear. Fielding the ball, Hancox saw space to his right behind the Hornets defence and he kicked for Davis to chase. This enterprising piece of play was rather spoilt by Bournemouth not releasing prompting Marsh to have another ‘chat’ with the captains. Carter found touch to his left outside the Bournemouth 10m. Hornets first went right but when they came back left were forced to kick in the face of the Bournemouth defence. Hancox fielded the ball and went right. His pass wide was almost intercepted but Hornets won a scrum in any case. Coming right they were penalized midfield where Davies took a quick penalty going left and the ball was worked into Everett-Bolter’s hands. The winger kicked and the relentless Bournemouth pressure on the ball carrier meant Hornet ‘coughed up’ the ball deep inside their 22m and it was quickly through the hands coming back left. The final pass to Chislett wide out seemed to have eluded the centre but with remarkable skill he was able to gather the ball and still had the presence of mind to evade the tackler to crash over in the corner. From just a metre or so in from touch, Hancox pushed his kick at goal past the near post but Bournemouth led 25-nil with less than five minutes of the half left. Bournemouth came straight back at Hornets from the restart through the good offices of Hardcastle. The scrum-half broke deep into the Hornets half where he chipped the ball forward. He seemed to have been ‘late tackled’ but play continued. Hornets were forced to carry the ball over and Bournemouth had a 5m scrum. They went left and almost forced their way over under the posts but Marsh had been playing advantage and brought play back to the original scrum. Bournemouth opted for another scrum. A well-controlled drive saw the Hornets scrum retreating and Hardcastle made sure of his hat-trick and bonus point by picking up at the base and diving over. From just right of the posts, Hancox kicked the goal and Bournemouth led 32-nil going into the half-time break.
From the restart, Bournemouth were soon exerting pressure on the visitors and from a Bournemouth turn over Hardcastle kicked deep into the Hornets 22. Hornets cleared right for a Bournemouth line-out on the Hornets 10m. From this line-out the Bournemouth threes attacked strongly going right with right wing Davis making a strong run supported by full back Hancox taking play into the Hornets 22m. Coming back infield, the Bournemouth forwards maintained the threat and replacement prop Firetto, on for Fraser, was not going to be denied from all of two metres out. Hancox kicked his sixth and, as it turned out, last goal of the afternoon for Bournemouth to lead 39-nil with five minutes of the half gone. The restart was deftly taken by Bournemouth enabling Firetto to make a dent before releasing the ball right. A forward pass gave Hornets some breathing space and they retained the ball well as they looked to breach the Bournemouth defensive line first to the left and then back right. A perhaps frustrated Bournemouth were penalized for ‘diving in’ in their attempts to get hold of the ball and Carter found touch to his right just seven metres out from the Bournemouth try line. The Hornets forwards drove off the line-out but Bournemouth countered forcing Hornets to release the ball left where Hennings, on earlier for blindside flanker McDonald, was ‘yellow carded’ for a late tackle. Coming left from the penalty Bournemouth resistance yielded a scrum just 10 metres out. Hardcastle was ‘scaragged’ at the base of the scrum and Bournemouth were relieved that Hancox was able to clear right for a Hornets line-out outside the Bournemouth 10m. Securing the ball at the back of the line-out, Hornets went right but with Marsh playing advantage play was brought back to an earlier Bournemouth offence. Carter, maintaining the pressure, found touch to his right just 10 metres short of the Bournemouth line. Again the Hornets forwards drove off the line-out but after making a metre or so, Bournemouth countered and drove them back forcing Hornets to release left. A promising three-quarter move broke down with a knock on. To make matters worse Hornets were penalized at the scrum and Davies was able to push them even further back by finding to his right on the Bournemouth 10m. Davies made a great break off the line-out supported by Gleadowe taking play to just metres from the line. The Hornets defence was up to the task and they turned the ball over and kicked clear. Hornets were penalized and Wilford took a quick penalty. The ball was moved even more quickly left and Hardcastle was over in the corner for his fourth try of the afternoon. Hancox pushed his conversion effort across the face of the goal but Bournemouth led 44-nil half-way through the half. Hornets restarted right but Davies made a great break supported by Gleadowe but they ran out of space for a Hornets line-out. Bournemouth were given a scrum at the line-out 15 metres in and went left. Davis came off his wing with another strong run but it was the relentless Bournemouth pressure that again made it hard for the Hornets defence and Sutherland, on for Chislett, got in in the left corner. Again Hancox wasn’t able to convert from the touchline but Bournemouth lead 49-nil with a quarter-of-an-hour or so to go. Bournemouth knocked the ball on at the restart but recovered the situation when they turned the ball over as Hornets attacked left. A Hardcastle kick right saw Hornets pressed back to a line-out just outside their 22m. Bournemouth won the throw-in and released the ball left. Davies chipped the ball but Hornets were able to recover and go left. Again it was this relentless Bournemouth pressure on the ball carrier that saw the ball ‘coughed up’ and Bournemouth were back on the attack again through Bennett going right. The ball was moved further right to Davis who was too strong and quick to be prevented from scoring in the right hand corner. From very wide out, Hancox was not able to convert but 54-nil was still a handsome score. Undaunted, Hornets recovered the restart but when they came back left they knocked the ball on and Bournemouth were unlucky not to regather the ball and exploit the advantage. However, from the scrum Hardcastle fed Davies going left and the fly-half neatly chipped the ball to regather. With the pitch opening up in front of him he only needed to catch the ball and he was ‘gone’. However he fumbled it for a Hornets scrum. They went right but Bournemouth held the ball up for a scrum of their own. Another half-break by Davies was supported by Sutherland but Bournemouth were penalized. Hornets took it quickly and went left but were penalized in turn. In what was becoming quite frantic, Hardcastle took the penalty quickly from outside the Hornets 22m and was only brought down just short of the line. The supporting Gleadowe made desperate attempts to keep the move going but a knock on meant Bournemouth had a scrum on the Hornets 5m line in front of the posts. Pressure indeed. The pressure eventually told when the ball was moved left and McDonald eventually found the space to go over in the corner for his first score of the season. Hancox pushed his kick across the face of the goal but Bournemouth led 59-nil with perhaps five minutes to go. Still Bournemouth had to be on their guard in the face of a spirited Hornets side who were determined not be nilled and ran the ball at Bournemouth at every opportunity. In a final defiant flourish, scrum-half Deccon Dorrington with a fine pass right from a scrum to set up another promising attacking opportunity saw the effort come to naught and Marsh blew for no side.
Dings lost for the second week in a row and it means we are just six points behind their second place. We have the fewest try-scoring bonus points in the top six so it really is hurting us. We remain third but with an improved points-difference. With ten, Man of the Match, for the second successive match, Sam Hardcastle remains the leading Bournemouth try-scorer.