IT was a wet and muddy day at Woodnook for the annual old boys’ reunion and it seemed that the occasion got to the home team as they were very slow to start. Ashbourne were 15 points up in no time at all, through two early tries and a penalty.
After that start, Kesteven started to get a hold on the game and were pleased to get on the scoreboard when Dan Turner knocked over a penalty. This was followed up with a very good try. Dan Turner got possession about 40 metres out and broke right. Cooper was up in support and he sent Grant Ward off for the line. The wing still had a lot to do but he feinted inside then out and found a clear run to the line for the try.
This should have given Kesteven heart but they were undone when Ian Charles was penalised for collapsing a maul just yards from his own line and was yellow carded for his sins. That proved costly as Ashbourne ran in two more converted tries while he was off, leaving Ks 29-8 down at the break with a lot to do in the second half,
Ashbourne resumed where they left off and kept the pressure on. Grant Ward also saw yellow when he kicked the ball out of a ruck in the five-metre area and again the visitors cashed in with a couple of tries. They added another to extend their lead but Kesteven still played with great spirit.
Ks managed to put Ashbourne under pressure to the extent that they too had two players in the sin bin and Andy Peabody brought the game to a close when he forced his way over for the final try.
Kesteven: N. Turner, Ward, P. Jordan, Cooper, Charles, D. Turner, Oakes, Odams, Hayward, Davies, Cowley, Pert, Brown, Peabody, Myles. Reps: Coghill, O’Brien, Paton.
Nottingham B 5
ALTHOUGH unable to qualify for the Shield semi-final, Kesteven began brightly as lock Monty Coyle ran strongly to push Nottingham back.
Ks were tenacious in the loose with flanker Marcus Delbrocco in feisty form. However, scoring opportunities were scarce and Ks lost possession in contact too often to impose pressure, with Nottingham scrummaging well.
Nottingham then scored early in the second half but missed a golden chance to seal the match and Kesteven responded with spirit, as centre Robert Wyatt repeatedly charged through midfield.
As time ran out, Josh Watts collected a loose ball, ran 60 yards past several desperate defenders and scored. Tom Mawer’s clinical conversion gave Ks their first win of the season.
Kesteven: Watts, Mawer, Wyatt, Moody, Davies, Lord, Campbell, Stewart, Riecker, Rowland, Jakes, Coyle, Wright, Delbrocco, Morrison, Leese, Gaire, Smith-Evans, Knott.