RUGBY: Game goes out of Kesteven’s hands in second half

Kesteven's James Goodrich succumbs to a West Bridgford tackle. Photo: ParkRey Photography/Graeme Reynolds
Kesteven's James Goodrich succumbs to a West Bridgford tackle. Photo: ParkRey Photography/Graeme Reynolds
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Midlands League 2

East (North)

Kesteven 15

West Bridgford 38

Kesteven met West Bridgford at Woodnook on in freezing temperatures Saturday.

After a brief shower of sleet the game kicked off, with both sides matching each other at every turn.

Kesteven were in the ascendency, applying heavy pressure on the West Bridgford line, however their defence remained resilient.

Kesteven mounted a further attack, but the ball was stripped in the tackle and West Bridgford’s flanker was able to sprint under the posts from 60 metres out. The try was subsequently converted.

Undeterred, Kesteven again mounted some strong attacks, with Woolerton and Goodrich making noticeable gains through the midfield. A Sam Webster break then gave Kesteven a penalty 15 metres from the Bridgford line. Given how evenly matched the sides were, Kesteven opted for a kick at goal which unfortunately fell short of the posts.

West Bridgford then put together some strong attacks of their own, only to be deterred by strong tackling by Oli Hughes out wide. However, from the next attack they worked the ball out wide and were able to score in the corner. The conversion was missed.

A Kesteven penalty then took play into the West Bridgford half and the forwards were able to drive into the opposition 22. Draper spotted Turner on the blindside and fired a pass out wide. Although slightly behind him, Turner was able to gather at speed with an outstretched hand and sprinted clear to score under the posts. Wood converted with ease.

Play became a war of attrition, with Tweddle providing some outstanding defensive work. Just before half time, Kesteven were awarded a penalty out wide and, with this being the last play of the half, Wood stepped up to slot the penalty to take the score to 12-10 at half time.

The second half began in disastrous fashion for Kesteven with West Bridgford running in two early scores, both converted, which took the game out of Kesteven’s reach.

Although heads never dropped, the Kesteven players began to tire after exerting great pressure to try and force their back into the game. With this being the case, West Bridgford were able to work an overlap on the far side and run in a further score.

Undaunted, Kesteven kept pushing hard and were rewarded when Turner went over in the corner for his second score.

However, most of the Kesteven players were out on their feet in the final 10 minutes and West Bridgford rounded off what turned into a comfortable victory with a final try.

Kesteven: Pert, Sheardown, Purvis, S. Webster, Tweddle, Woolerton, Armstrong, Turner, Draper, Parker, Wood, Goodrich, Hughes, Cox, J. Dingley, Ward, Scuffham, Hanson.