East Retford 18
KESTEVEN entertained East Retford in a friendly game in near perfect conditions at Woodnook.
The visitors had made a good start to their season and arrived at Woodnook clearly confident and looking for a win.
Hallam O’Brien returned for a cameo appearance at full back, Pete Dolan stepped up from the Kesteven second string, and 17-year-old Jack Danford made a first team debut at scrum half.
Kesteven made a great start when Will Bradley broke and was tackled just short of the line. But he off-loaded to the supporting Dan Turner who scored. Matt Harland was just wide with the conversion.
Retford came back and used their strong pack to work their way up the pitch. They were awarded a penalty which they kicked to bring the score back to 5-3.
The centre combination of Goodrich and Bradley continued to cause problems for the visitors and the second try soon came. Goodrich made the break and popped to Bradley to score under the posts. Harland converted.
Retford continued to disrupt Ks at the breakdown and they again won a penalty which this time they kicked to the corner. Kesteven backed off from the catch and drive, looking for a penalty that was not given, instead handing Retford an easy try.
The Black Army came straight back at Retford with some strong runs from the pack. Harland then moved the ball wide and Hallam O’Brien outpaced his opposite man to score in the corner. The conversion was missed to leave the score 17-8 at half time.
Nathan Turner came on for Danford at half time and had immediate impact. Goodrich made another strong break and off-loaded for Turner to score. Harland kicked the conversion.
Phil Jordan was unlucky to be sin-binned for what appeared to be nothing more than some enthusiastic rucking.
But the game was sealed when Dan Turner broke blind from a scrum and popped to brother Nathan who burst through the defence for his second. Harland again converted.
Bradley and Goodrich both had to retire with injuries and were replaced by Sayle and Charles.
Retford came back and scored two more tries, but the final score came from the restart which Dan Turner kicked on and followed up to score his second. Harland kicked the conversion to seal victory.
Man of the match was Will Bradley for his strong running which caused Retford problems all afternoon.
Kesteven: O’Brien, P. Jordan, Bradley, Goodrich, R. Jordan, Harland, Danford, Hayward, Dolan, Paton, Gordon, Peabody, Midgley, Woolerton, D. Turner. Reps: N. Turner, Charles, Sayle, Bunning.
KESTEVEN travelled to Derby expecting a tough match and as expected the early exchanges were physical as the Ks pack attempted to dominate.
Kesteven were reduced to 14 players as a result of a yellow card midway through the half and Derby took advantage of their superior numbers by working an overlap to score in the corner.
Ks launched a spirited fight-back and several quick rucks sucked the Derby defence in. Ks created their own overlap to allow outside centre Jordan Addlesee to score in the corner. Phil Fletcher’s conversion from wide out fell agonisingly short.
Within a few minutes of the second-half restart, Derby went ahead again following a misplaced Kesteven pass which allowed the home side to score under the posts. The try was converted to give Derby a 12-5 lead.
The remainder of the second half was largely spent in the Derby half and finally the pressure told and Ks were again able to suck sufficient Derby defenders into the middle of the pack to create an overlap to allow Jordan Addlesee to go over in the corner for his second try. Matt Grinney’s conversion attempt struck the post.
One last big effort saw Ks drive deep into the Derby half. They were awarded a scrum just outside the Derby 22. Coach Richard Bloodworth called for a drop goal. The pack won quick ball and scrum half Ben Addlesee got a quick accurate pass back to fly-half Phil Fletcher who slotted over from 35 yards.
Derby were awarded a penalty late on but the kick went wide.
Kesteven: Taggart, Aspinall, J. Addlesee, Bosworth, Cartwright, Fletcher, B. Addlesee (Tank), Allen, Danford, Cole (c), Pirie, Sharp, Pepper, Ryder, Bloodworth. Reps: Peters, Clark, Adams, Grinney.
Market Rasen 41
WITH four debutants, Kesteven battled to deal with the physicality of Market Rasen’s big forwards from the outset as missed tackles led to an early try.
Strong running from flanker Ben Morrison and prop Monty Coyle allowed Ks to settle as Rasen’s over-eager pack conceded penalties in the scrum. But despite a feisty display from scrum-half Ali Campbell and some brave tackling from Laurie Rowland, Rasen’s dominance up front led to three more first-half scores as they repeatedly exploited the blindside.
Creditably, Ks did not capitulate following half-time team changes, as epitomised by backs Oliver Minter and James Moody flying in to force the Rasen left-winger to knock on as he was in the act of touching down.
Although new fly-half Tom Rudman showed signs of promise, Ks did not keep possession for long enough to alter the momentum of the match, and were it not for two forward passes Rasen would have added further points in the closing stages.
Kesteven: Stewart, Knott, Coyle, Hands, Miles, Wright, Rowland, Morrison, Campbell, Mawer, Minter, Moody, Wyatt, Davies, Watts, Delbrocco, Leese, Henderson, Rudman.
East Retford 5
A DOMINANT team display saw Kesteven to an excellent victory over East Retford in their first game of the season.
Kesteven underlined their dominance in the scrums and had too much power for the hard- working opposition. East Retford had to soak up wave after wave of attack and great pressure from the Ks’ backs whoproved too much for the visiting defence.
East Retford did not gave in and looked for every opportunity to ask questions of Kesteven, but the home team were well organised in defence and always threatening on attack.
Try scorers for Kesteven were Radford, Glover, Kearsey, Reader, Hardy and Wheeler. Rogerson kicked two conversions.
Kesteven: Radford, McLoughlin, Stewart, M. Hemstock, A. Hemstock, Warden, Udom, Kearsey (c), Hardy, Reader, Windsor, Wheeler, Smith, Rogerson, Pashley. Reps: Priest, Haggo, Glover, Ollie.