Midlands League 3
The cold made handling difficult as both teams tried to settle into the game.
Kesteven were determined to play their usual open game but found it hard to break down the Southwell defenece. The breakthrough came when the ball was worked out to right wing Taylor. The youngster showed great poise to run along the touchline and squeeze in at the corner.
Southwell were determined to keep pressure on Kesteven and were unlucky to have their number eight sin-binned for killing the ball. Kesteven took advantage as the pack took control and Robert Sheardown forced his way over. Then Turner, who was at number eight for the unavailable Woolerton, finished off another strong run with a fine try.
Southwell came out for the second half refreshed and Kesteven found it difficult to break out of their own half.
The visitors used the kick and chase to good effect and soon opened their account with a try, their speedy wing kicking through and winning the race to the line.
Another try followed in the same vein. This time the ball was hacked through from midfield and again Southwell won the race. The conversion narrowed the gap to 15-12 with 20 minutes to play.
Kesteven did not lie down and eventually good clean ball was won on the left. Parker found Goodrich with some space and the centre showed he was not going to be stopped as he crashed over the line for the bonus-point try.
This try the home side and Turner followed up with a great break. Midgely was on his inside in support to go over for the try at the posts. Parker added the conversion.
Right at the end, Taylor went clear on the wing and raced away to score in the corner. This brought the curtain down on a hard fought win.
Kesteven: Whittaker, P. Jordan, J. Hughes, Goodrich, Taylor, Parker, Wood, Sheardown, Brown, Purvis, Pert, Cowley, Midgely, Peabody, Turner. Reps: O. Hughes, Hanson, Odams.
Notts, Lincs, Derbys Shield
West Bridgford 10
A great second half performance by Kesteven saw Tony Woolerton in splendid form at Woodnook last Tuesday night.
Cooper scored the first try after five minutes. The visitors replied with a try of their own from the last move of the second half.
Second half tries by Jake Hughes, Woolerton (2), Miles, Peabody, and Taylor (2) sealed a great win for the home team. Parker kicked four conversions.
Kesteven: Galloway, Taylor, J. Hughes, Goodrich, Cooper, Parker, Lines, Sheardown, Hayward, Cowley, Ballaam, Pert, Woolerton, Peabody, Miles. Reps: Ingram, G. Smith, Hanson, Odams.
Kesteven Lions 3 Sleaford 4
Kesteven Eagles 5 Sleaford 8
The first match saw a brave performance from Kesteven with two very evenly matched teams. The final result could have gone either way.
Try scorers were James, Joe and Will Edwards (2)
After being 6-1 down at half time in the second game, Ks made a mighty second half comeback but could not quite even the scores. Try scorers were Matthew, Evan and Lucas (2).