RUGBY: Kesteven concede first in home defeat

James Goodrich breaks the Casuals defensive line supported by man-of-the-match Aaron Whitaker. Photo: Louise Clark
James Goodrich breaks the Casuals defensive line supported by man-of-the-match Aaron Whitaker. Photo: Louise Clark

Midlands League 2

East (North)

Kesteven 7

Nottingham Casuals 15

Both teams found conditions difficult and Kesteven made the better start with their forwards forcing the visitors to concede a number of penalties. But they were unable to build any sustained pressure or to establish any attacking positions.

Kesteven conceded the first try after 15 minutes. A penalty failed to find touch and it was expertly fielded by the visitors’ full back just outside his 22 metre area. He set off on a fine run which ended with him scoring a try near the posts. The conversion was successful.

Nottingham’s upfront defence caused Kesteven problems and they eventually got on top. The visitors almost scored a second try when their centre rounded off a good handling move, but he lost the ball as he tried to run round behind the posts. The referee had been playing advantage and awarded a penalty on the 22. This simple kick was missed but shortly after Casuals added to their tally when they converted a much harder penalty, this time from 40 metres out.

Ks needed a good start to the second half but soon found themselves on the defensive. Casuals kicked deep, forcing Kesteven to clear hurriedly to touch. The visitors won the line-out and again made good ground.

A mishit clearance found its way to Casuals hands and again they were able to run the ball home for a second try.

To their credit, Kesteven did come more into the game and gradually gained some momentum. Their big chance came with 20 minutes to go when a Casuals defender interfered at a tap penalty and was despatched to the sin bin for 10 minutes.

Ks forced a number of penalties and eventually worked their way over the line. The ball was moved out left and a rolling maul ended when Rob Sheardown touched down for the try. Galloway added the conversion with a great kick from the touchline.

With 17 minutes remaining, Kesteven tried hard to close the gap but Casuals defended well and held out.

Kesteven: Harland, Whittaker, Goodrich, Cann, Draper, Galloway, Wood, Sheardown, Hayward, Cowley, Sayle Jnr, Pert, Webster, Peabody, Carew. Reps: Odams, Purvis, Ingram.

Notts Pennant League

Nottingham Casuals 2nd 0

Kesteven 2nd 58

From the off, Kesteven looked to move the ball to the powerful Templeton at inside centre and he was able to smash through the opposition back line on three occasions to score a quick fire hat trick and put the visitors comfortably in the lead.

Ks extended their lead whe the ball was worked back to Dent who made a strong run down the wing before off-loading to Midgley. He in turn passed to Parker who scored at the posts.

Next on the scoresheet was scrum half Simon Morgan who managed to squeeze over following good work from the forwards.

Casuals cleared their lines but only as far as wing Ben Betts who brought play into midfield. A scrum ensued and from this Jordan Smith picked up and, with an impressive side step, raced clear of the home scrum half and then had the poise and maturity to pass to the supporting Midgley to score his obligatory try.

The second half began well for Kesteven who were looking dangerous through both backs and forwards and Coghill was making an impact with his running in the loose as he created similar problems to Templeton for the home defence. A hurried Casuals clearance found Parker in midfield who fed the supporting Andy Price. He showed quick hands to Charles, who in turn fed Dent at full pace who rounded the last man to score in the corner.

With confidence high and Casuals faltering again, a combination of Coghill and Morgan saw Kesteven right up to the try line, and Betts needed no second invitation to pick the ball up and complete the score.

Coghill crossed for a try late on and veteran wing Charles completed the try scoring after he was fed by Dent on half way. Parker, Andy Price and Marc Paton kicked some of the conversions on offer.

Kesteven: Paton, Login, P. Dolan, Hanson, O’Neill, R. Dolan, Midgley, J. Smith, Morgan, Parker, Betts, Templeton, Dent, Charles, A. Price, Reps: Friel, Coghill, Williams.

Under 13s

Kesteven 10

Syston 27

Kesteven conceded when Syston broke clear through their second row to score under the posts.

They followed this with two further scores through their lively scrum half and another out wide.

The visitors added two further scores after the break but Kesteven rallied well and put Syston under pressure for the last 10 minutes.

Matt Addlesee burst through to score and then number eight Lewis Walker charged over to score with the last play of the game.

Tom Casey was awarded man of the match for his strong running throughout the game.

Kesteven: Addlesee, Bacon, Cant, Casey, Desmond, Donnelly, Green, Kershaw, Lee, Moore, Parker, Scott, Shelbourn, Simpson, Sweeney, Walker, Whinney, Wright.