Both teams arrived at Haslams knowing they needed a win to try and stay in the division. Dan Hyams, Nathan Crowe, Judah Simpson and Ryan Manning all returned to the starting XV for Derby who were looking for revenge, after losing 41 – 37 at Bournville earlier in the season.
Bournville kicked off on a cold day and scored first after 19 minutes. A poor Derby clearing kick was run back and resulted in a try.
Derby hit back immediately. Luke Willmott and Ben Marlow were prominent in the move which led to a try for George Castledine.
10 minutes remained in the half when Bournville regained the lead, with an interception try.
George Castledine narrowed the gap, with a penalty, but it was Bournville who had the last score of the half, with a drop- goal.
Half time saw Bournville 13 – 8 ahead, but with Derby still very much in the game.
Derby made a superb start to the second half, with 2 tries in the first 9 minutes, both created by McGrath Van Wyk. The first came when he beat his man and chipped over the full back. Judah Simpson showed his pace to gather the ball and score. George Castledine converted.
A Jack Dawson break came to nothing before another McGrath Van Wyk break created space and allowed Simon Moon to put Gabriel Kajdy to score in the corner.
Bournville pulled 3 points back with a successful penalty kick, but this left Derby 4 points ahead.
Bournville lost 2 players to the sin bin in quick succession and Derby scored immediately.
Luke Willmott tapped and went and the forwards drove over the Bournville line. Charlie Barker emerged with the ball, claiming his 1st try for the side.
George Castledine’s conversion made the score 26 – 16 in Derby’s favour.
Derby were unable to add to their score against an understrength Bournville, but as the game entered injury time, they seemed to be heading for a win.
Injury time proved to be an unmitigated disaster for Derby, with Bournville scoring 2 tries. The final conversion snatched victory and left Derby regretting missed opportunities.
This result puts Derby into one of the relegation places and in urgent need of some victories. They have shown they have the ability, but this is not translating into league points.
Next week, the long trip to high flying Bridgnorth awaits and will not be easy but revivals have to start somewhere !
Come on Derby !
Match Report by Richard Bambra
Photographs of the Derby v Bournville game can be viewed on the e4creative photography website at www.e4creative-photography.co.uk/galleries/gallery/19012019-derby-1st-xv-v-bournville-1st-xv