Black Army second string march on to title decider
Notts Penant League
Kesteven 2nd 94
Worksop 2nd 0
KESTEVEN seconds annihilated Worksop and now face a title decider against Notts Moderns at Woodnook tomorrow (Saturday).
A couple of late call ups to the first team led to late changes but Ks got off to a great start with two tries in the first three minutes. The first came from Tyrone Miles who went over from a tap penalty, then Jonny Korcz caught the restart, fed Richard Midgely and was there to take a return pass to go over at the posts. Matt Harland kicked both conversions to give the home team an early 14-point lead.
Kesteven’s first-half performance was relentless with forwards and backs combining well for a procession of tries. Charles and Harland were next to score before Miles, Korcz, Cooper (2), Mount and Lidstone went over before the break. Harland added three more conversions to make the half time score 60-0.
Ks made changes at the break with Brown, Camm and Price replacing Miles, Midgely and Oakes.
The next try came from a bizarre move as Worksop kicked for touch. The ball bounced short of the touchline and Rob Cooper picked it up and raced in at the corner. A good try from Rob Camm finished off a good move involving forwards and backs.
Ks brought on heir final two substitutes with Templeton and Burton coming on for Charles and Cooper. Templeton made an immediate impact by scoring within a minute of coming on and Andy Price finished off the day by running in two long range tries in the final minutes.
Kesteven: Lidstone, Charles, Cooper, Dent, Harland, Lamb, Oakes, Purves, Hamilton, Shields, Miles, Mount, Korcz, Midgely, Pearsey. Subs: Brown, Burton, Camm, Templeton, Price.
Nottingham Boots Corsairs 2nd 20
Kesteven 3rd 33
WITH a mixture of youth and maturity, Kesteven kicked off and broke the deadlock when Ian MacAllister broke from the scrum, finding a gap in the Corsairs backline, and passing to Aaron Whittaker who went over in the corner for the try. Daz Blackley slotted the conversion.
A series of penalties handed the advantage to Corsairs. Kesteven found themselves on the defensive and Corsairs were able to crash over to score.
With the conversion missed, Ks managed to refocus and forced play back into the Corsairs half and scored an almost copy of the first try. Blackley calmly converted for a 14-5 half time lead.
Corsairs stretched the Kesteven defence and finally crashed over to score. Again the conversion was missed.
Kesteven snapped out of their malaise and the game moved into the Corsairs half. Justin Dingley found a gap in the Corsairs line, putting the visitors back in front.
Corsairs retook the lead by a single point when shortly after the restart they took a quick 22m dropout, catching the Kesteven defence with their guard down.
Ks’ winger Dean Ward was able to follow up his own fly hack and collect the ball to score. Blackley converted again as Kesteven pulled ahead.
Kicking ahead, Corsairs held high hopes of turning over the ball with four attacking players facing winger Danny Williams. Williams calmly collected the ball and then with blistering pace ran from 40m to between the posts. Blackley’s conversion was good.
Kesteven: Arnold (c), Davies, Smith, M. Clarke, Davies, MacAllister, White, Cunningham, Whittaker, Dingley, North, Orm, Willers, Ward, Blackley. Reps: P. Dolan, Wilcox, Williams.
Lille Ouest 0
KESTEVEN quickly went in front when Joseph Ryder picked up a loose ball from a scrum and raced through the Lille defence.
A second try came after Ed Cole collected a loose ball on the wing. The ball was passed out to Sam Danford, Ed Bloodworth and Aiden Monaghan who delivered at the right moment to Ryder to burst through the defence to score again. The conversion was successful.
Charlie Pirie skirted round the Lille defence for Kesteven’s third try and Ryder collected from a scrum and went over for his hat trick of tries. Quick thinking Tank tapped a penalty and went through for a try to give Kesteven a 27-0 half time lead.
Pirie notched his second try of the day which was followed by a successful conversion. Kesteven’s final score came right at the end of play when Bloodworth went over in the corner.
Kesteven: Addlesee, Allen, Barker, Bloodworth, Clark, Cole, Danford, Fay, Frankcom, Goundry, Monaghan, Peters, Pickard, Pirie, Ryder, Shennan, Singer.
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