RUGBY: Clean sweep of Kesteven wins over Mellish

James Cowley makes a break for Kesteven. Photo: Graeme Reynolds
James Cowley makes a break for Kesteven. Photo: Graeme Reynolds
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Kesteven’s first team, second string and under-17s all defeated Mellish at the weekend.

Midlands League 3

East (North)

Kesteven 77

Mellish 0

Kesteven welcomed Mellish to Woodnook for the first home game of the season and got off to the best possible start when Whittaker got the ball on half way and raced away to open the scoring with a try in the first minute. Wood kicked the conversion to give the home team an early seven point lead.

A break out down the blindside saw Wood get the ball on half way. A neat chip ahead and the ball landed at James Cowley’s feet. He controlled the ball perfectly by kicking ahead and won the race to the line for a well executed try.

Five minutes later, Wood again was the provider, releasing James Goodrich who powered through the defence to score. Two minutes after that, Dingley read the game perfectly and put in an astute kick for Taylor to pick up and run in.

The rest of the half saw Kesteven’s dominance continue. Turner picked up a good pass from Cowley following a lineout for the fifth try, and then slick handling between Cowley and Turner saw Sayle go over. Wood added two conversions.

Dingley stole the ball from a Mellish scrum to feed Turner who gave a classy pass to Jepson to score. Just on half time, Whittaker and Taylor linked up for the former to run in for his secod try. Wood’s conversion took the half time score to 48-0.

Soon after the second half started, a mesmerising piece of handling in midfield released Purvis on a powerful run which ended with Turner taking the scoring pass and finishing off the move.

Following a sterile 15 minutes, the Mellish scrum creaked once more and Draper pounced as the ball spun backwards in goal and got the touch for the try.

Whittaker completed his hat trick with another individual try before Taylor took a pass from Turner to score a classic winger’s try. Not to be outdone, Jepson completed the scoring on the other wing following a break by Goodrich. Wood converted two of these tries.

Kesteven: Odams, Sheardown, Purvis, Cowley, Pert, Webster (c), Sayle, Turner, Dingley, Wood, Taylor, Goodrich, Ede, Jepson, Whittaker. Reps: Woolerton, Draper, Lines.

Notts Pennant League

Group 2

Mellish 2nd 0

Kesteven 2nd 83

The game could not have started worse as the kick off failed to go the regulation 10 metres and this gave the huge Mellish pack an attacking scrum on the half way line.

But this would prove to be the last time the home team had any foothold in the game as Kesteven hooked the scrum against the head and set about demolishing their opposition.

It took all of four minutes for Kesteven to find their way to the try line with Ben Addlesee crossing after great work from the forwards created the overlap. From the kick off K’s again won the ball and continued to attack Mellish at every opportunity.

Veteran full back Rob Windsor was next to score with the youngsters in the back line showing great maturity and selflessness to work the ball wide.

Fly half Phil Fletcher time and again found a way to free young wing Andy Cartwright who ran in a quickfire hat trick before half time. Also on the try scoring chart before half time were Fletcher and Ben Betts.

Mellish did look to threaten at one point but just as they thought they may gain some reward, prop Mark Clift-Hill ripped the ball on the 22 metre line and showed superb speed to race unopposed to the try line.

After the break, it did not take long for Cartwright to find some space and almost in the blink of an eye he scored another two tries to take his tally to five. Addlesee completed a senior brace before the end of the third quarter.

It was fitting that it was the young stars of the day that set up the grandstand finish, as first Cartwright showed great awareness to pop up in midfield and score a sixth, and then Fletcher, following an audacious side step, continued the move to take the scoring pass himself, with Cartwright on hand to score an unbelievable seventh try for an outstanding personal performance.

Not to be outdone by his younger team-mates, Betts scored his second and the side’s 15th try to end the contest.

Kesteven: P. Dolan, Knibbs, M. Clift-Hill, A. Clift-Hill, Bloodworth, Vincent, Armstrong, Peabody, Morgan, Fletcher, Betts, Jordan, Addlesee, Cartwright, Windsor, Reps: Danford, R. Dolan, Midgley, Charles.

Under-17

Mellish 7

Kesteven 31

Kesteven faced up to a strong looking Mellish squad and quickly trailed by an early converted try. The Ks scrum struggled to hold Mellish but with excellent defensive play, they stifled the Mellish attacks.

This discipline was soon rewarded with Simmons breaking the line and the supporting Lyle running through to score. Mawer’s kick was good.

Confidence had returned and a quickly taken penalty by Mawer saw him run round the Mellish wing and dive into the corner.

The second half saw the Ks dominate play, with the scrum learning how to counter the Mellish strength and,in defence, limiting Mellish’s attempts to break out.

Ks began to find gaps and were rewarded when Potts twisted through to score by the posts. Mawer kicked the extra points. Campbell then chipped through to score, and again the conversion attempt was good.

Ks finished a strong, tactically astute game with a flowing back play across the pitch with winger Del Brocco breaking three tackles to score.

Kesteven: Stewart, Harding, Blankney, Key, Jakes, Morrison, Minter, Potts, Mawer, Campbell, Del Brocco, Simmons, Lyle, Coyle, Mallinson. Reps: Knott, Wright, Henderson.