Kesteven entertained Burntwood at Woodnook in the third round of the RFU Senior Vase on Saturday.
RFU Senior Vase
It was the first time the two clubs had met, and Burntwood were also defending an unbeaten record as the teams took the field.
After observing a minute’s silence for Remembrance Day, Kesteven were soon on the attack. Harland missed a penalty in the first minute then Dan Turner was forced into touch some 10 metres out. Burntwood failed to clear the line-out and Turner was first to the loose ball and scooped it up to score in the corner.
Burntwood proved to be a strong unit and soon forced a penalty which they converted, but still the strong running of Kesteven caused problems.
Although they won some good possession, Kesteven found it difficult to build momentum and conceded a number of penalties. However, Turner got his second try after 23 minutes. He took possession at a scrum 30 metres out and ran in to score at the posts. Harland converted.
This spurred Ks on and a massive effort at a scrum 15 metres out led to Burntwood giving away a penalty. Wood took it quickly and the ball was whipped out to the left where Turner gave the scoring pass to Taylor.
Burntwood finished the half strongly and added a penalty just on half time to make the score 17-6.
In the second half, Burntwood were intent on causing problems for the home team, but it was Kesteven who scored next. This time Hughes made good ground before sending Taylor off on a run, which he finished with a flourish for his second try.
Burntwood’s response was to increase the intensity and as they pushed for the try, Kesteven gave away one more penalty which led Gavin Purvis being sent to the sin bin. Burntwood scored a push-over try which was converted.
Worse was to come for the home team as Turner was also sent to the bin after he just mistimed a tackle. The visitors took advantage by adding a further converted try to narrow the gap to 22-20 with 20 minutes left, to set up a fierce finish.
Burntwood also incurred the wrath of the referee and had a player sent to the bin. Ks regrouped and started to get on top. They were rewarded with a penalty, scored by Hudson, before Jamie Flear fed Hughes who raced in at the corner.
Burntwood threw everything at Kesteven but the defence held firm and the home side celebrated as they progressed through to the quarter-finals.
Kesteven: Whittaker, P. Jordan, Taylor, Hudson, Hughes, Harland, Wood, Sheardown, Brown, Purvis, Pert, Cowley, Flear, Turner, Webster. Reps: Odams, Hanson, Dent.