RUGBY: Kesteven and Southwell finish all square

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Kesteven travelled to Southwell confident of extending their winning start to the season – but knew they would be in for a tough encounter.

Midlands League 3 East (North)

Southwell 10

Kesteven 10

Southwell made a great start to the match and put Ks under pressure with several phases of play, controlling the game well. They showed their confidence when they kicked an early penalty to the corner and executed a catch and drive. The conversion was good and the gave the home side an early 7-0 lead.

Ks responded well and looked to attack through the centre and out wide, but struggled to get their usual supply of clean ball as Southwell dominated the set-piece.

Eventually Goodrich made a good break and broke several tackles, before being held up just short. The ball was recycled quickly and Woolerton drove over from the back of the ruck to score.

Now looking more confident, Kesteven continued to attack and some good handling from Hudson allowed Taylor some space on the wing. He raced away and broke the final tackle to score a great try in the corner to put his side ahead at the break.

After a slow start, Ks were back on track and confident of taking the game to Southwell in the second half. But it was Southwell who upped their game as they continued to trouble Kesteven at the breakdown and set-piece.

The home side slotted a penalty to level the scores and generally remained camped in the Kesteven half for the rest of the half.

Man of the match was Kieran Taylor.

Kesteven: Whittaker, Hughes, Hudson, Goodrich, Taylor, Parker, Dent, Odams, Brown, Purvis, Pert, Cowley, Flear, Turner, Woolerton. Reps: Sheardown, Webster, Harland.

Midlands League 5 East (North)

Bingham 53

Cresswell Crusaders 0

Bingham bounced back from two successive defeats with victory over Cresswell, maintaining their 100 per cent league record.

A quick start had Bingham ahead with a penalty from Anthony Thomas. The lead was extended when Andy Birznieks ran straight down the middle. Nick Halstead made use of an overlap to make it 15-0.

A further Anthony Thomas penalty was added and a Pete Mount turnover allowed the ball to go wide for Birzniek’s second. Anthony Thomas kicked the conversion.

After the break, Halstead caught a clearance, chipped over and collected his kick, before running in under the posts. Will Packer’s kick was good.

Birznieks scored a further three tries, the last two conversion attempts kicked successfully by Anthony Thomas.

Under-13

Kesteven 41

Bourne 0

Kesteven faced Bourne for their first NLD Shield League fixture last Sunday.

The Black Army secured a bonus point victory against their local rivals and, despite being without a number of regular players, fielded a side capable of running in seven tries against spirited opposition.

First half tries from Harry Cox, Josh Kwasau and Harry Bartlett ensured victory was Kesteven’s half time.

In the second half, the backs were able to move the ball with relative ease and slowly the forwards took grip on the game with second rows Curtis Taylor and Oliver Jakes crashing over for a try apiece. Backs Devlin Archer and George Wainwight ensured a bonus point win was in the bag. Freddie Young kicked three conversions.

Kesteven: Archer, Bartlett, Brenton, Brewis, Clark, B. Cole, J. Cole, Cox, Del-Brocco, Finley, Harey Fuller, Jakes, Kwasau, Lodge, Peters, Rogerson, Sheard, A. Tapson, T. Tapson, Taylor, Wainwright, Young.

Under-12

Kesteven 35

Sleaford 0

Kesteven scored from the very first kick of the game, with Danny Moore making a devastating run to put Ethan Archer away to finish the move with a try.

Strong challenges resulted in a number of turnovers, one of which allowed Ks to mount an attack that was finished by the forwards driving over Sleaford’s line, with Chester Shelbourne emerging from the bottom of the pile for the try. Ben Whinney converted both tries to take Ks into the second half 14-0 up.

Jack Pirie scored tries in the second half and Archer bagged his second. All were converted by Whinney .

Kesteven: Archer, Casey, Desmond, Donnelly, Eagle, Kershaw, Moore, Nel, Norsworthy, Pirie, Seage, Shelbourn, Smart, Sweeney, Thomas, Whinney, Wright.