Fightback sees a patched-up Bingham victorious on the road
Midlands 5 East (North)
Bingham Rugby Club battled back for a hard-fought 24-17 Midlands 5 win over Gainsborough, having trailed by 10 points.
With a number of players unavailable, Ali Wood made a welcome return, Glenn Sutton started on the flank, Mick Challans and Lee Fretwell once again plugged gaps in the pack and, with three injuries sustained, the win was made all the more pleasing.
Bingham conceded a penalty and converted try in the opening 30 minutes as they struggled to get going.
Oli Dodge was a real positive, collecting the high balls sent his way, but not until the 35th minute did Bingham put any sustained pressure on the Gainsborough line.
Just before the interval, Gainsborough conceded a series of penaltes resulting in a yellow card, and Bingham captain Jonathan Thomas forced his way over from a quick penalty, converted by Andy Price.
Bingham lost Will Packer with a twisted knee and required several positional changes in the backs.
After the break Mick Challans scored a try and Price added the conversion, kicking a penalty 10 minutes later to give Bingham a 17-10 lead.
With the visit0rs on top, a planned lineout worked a dream with Ali Wood running in from 20 metres out, Andy Price again adding the extras.
Price then suffered a bad cut to the head which required nine stitches just above the eye.
Ben Packer struggled along after another hard tackle and Chris Garrod had to leave the pitch with a shoulder injury.
Gainsborough were given a sniff as a number of penalties were conceded, giving their forwards the position to keep hold of the ball and drive over, but Bingham managed the final five minutes well to hold on for victory.