RUGBY: Comprehensive win moves Kesteven up to third in league

Hat trick hero Dan Turner carves his way through the Lincoln defence. Photo: Graeme Reynolds
Hat trick hero Dan Turner carves his way through the Lincoln defence. Photo: Graeme Reynolds
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Midlands League 3

East (North)

Kesteven 27

Lincoln 5

Kesteven had a number of changes due to injury and unavailability but that did not prevent a victory which took them to third in a very tight league.

Osborne, Dent and Armstrong came into the pack for Pert, Webster and Woolerton, while in the backs Cooper and Parker were in for Whittaker and Draper.

The weather was pretty miserable with rain threatening as Lincoln kicked off. The Lincoln pack looked strong, winning some good early possession. The greasy ball was proving very difficult to handle and both sides were making many mistakes.

Lincoln were penalised in their own 22 and Olly Wood stepped up to stroke the ball home for the early lead. The lead did not last long as Kesteven failed to control the restart and Lincoln got the opening try out on the right. The conversion failed but this was the spur for the home side to raise their game.

They started to play the game at pace with Wood a real livewire back at scrum half. The increased pace of the game started to cause Lincoln some problems and they began to concede penalties. Dan Turner reacted quicker than anyone with a further penalty award 20 metres out. He took a quick tap to himself and caught Lincoln’s defence out with his pace as he stormed over for the try. The conversion failed but Kesteven were in the lead.

James Goodrich and Jack Berry were making inroads with their strong straight running and it was a break from Goodrich which created the next try. Turner was following up the move out on the right wing. He angled his run perfectly to come in and take the scoring pass to go in for his second. Wood’s conversion hit the post and stayed out leaving the half time score at 13- 5.

As Kesteven got the second half under way, the weather started to improve. The rain stopped and the wind dropped and Kesteven, through the good work of their pack, started to get on top.

But Lincoln were still capable of taking the game to Kesteven. The next score came from a promising Lincoln attack which broke down on the Kesteven 22. The ball was picked up by Goodrich who ran straight and strongly for a great try which proved to be very important in the context of the match. Wood converted from far out on the right touchline to open up a 15 point gap.

This settled the home team and with Martyn Parker managing the game with all his experience, the pack were turning the screw.

The final try came from a kick to the corner. From the line-out, the pack amost drove over but were held up. From the resultant five metre scrum, the home pack pushed the Lincoln pack over their own line for a classic Turner try, this completing his hat trick. Wood converted to secure a fine bonus point win.

Kesteven: Taylor, Cooper, Berry, Goodrich, Miles, Parker, Wood, Odams, Sheardown, Purvis, Osborne, Cowley, Dent, Armstrong, Turner. Reps: P. Jordan, Hughes, Goodrich.