DK’s trip to Avery Fields, was worthy of a post-match inquest into the whole experience and to be wiser in the future. It certainly looked like each club had a different script. This meant that the first half was a competitive encounter, but the second half saw a gallant DK Development squad come to face an almost unchanged Bournville side.
DK were soon 12-0, after two Penalties had been kicked into touch near the DK line and the Bournville forwards, used their power to secure to tries.
DK stabilised the game and started to impose themselves on the game, but before they could move the scoreboard in their favour, they succumbed again to a Bournville strike from depth in which the ball was moved to their left wing who had the pace to make his chance count, though it did look like there was a missed knock-on at the beginning of the move. Though it was now 17-0 to Bournville.
DK made their mark on the game with a counter attack following a long kick out of defence by Bournville, Charlie Baffour, collected the ball just outside the DK 22 and started a cross field run to outflank the Bournville chasers, in midfield he turned to straighten and crossed the halfway line, where a tackle came in, but hooker James Ryan had got back in support and was able to continue the forward momentum and evade a couple of would be tacklers, DK had been able to form a line to the right and it was moved to Stef Shillingford who carried the ball on an outside arc, and Leo Davies came on an inside run to carry the move on, then the forwards were arriving in support with Dan Marsh continuing the move well into the 22, and Joe Tighe was there to take the offload and make the line, with George Ingram adding the extras it was 17-7.
Moments later Bournville had added another try a sweeping backs move out towards their left wing with Leo Davies left out to dry so it was back to a 17 point lead.
The Bournville scrum half was yellow carded for an offence at a ruck, and this heralded a period of DK possession, and during that period Charlie Baffour fielded a long kick down field and with Tommy Walker in close support they ran the ball back, and were able to link with the rest of the team and this started a series of flowing moves from one side of the pitch to the other and there was Tommy Walker on the wide right, on the end of the move, he beat the last man and went in for the try 24-12 at half time.
The second half saw the DK Development Squad come onto the field, they conceded nine tries without reply. Though, that is a stark statement, and does not reflect on the effort and courage shown by the guys. Their major problem was building up periods of pressure, the ball was too often turned over, and the counter attack opportunity given to Bournville. Though, there were plenty of positives shown by the guys in adversity.
The coaches will have to mull over the performances and build the lads up for the opening games of the season next weekend.

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