Midlands League 3
CONDITIONS were near perfect for rugby on a beautiful spring day at Woodnook as Kesteven hosted Belper for the return fixture. The teams shared the points earlier in the season.
Kesteven kicked off and soon opened the scoring. Belper conceded possession and Kesteven took the first scrum. Tony Woolerton picked up at the base of the scrum and released Rupert Jordan on a clear run to the line for the opening try
Shortly after, Keiran Taylor fielded a loose clearance near half way and set off on a run which took him to the line for the second try. Parker kicked the conversion to give Kesteven a 12-0 lead after 10 minutes.
The home team were in control but found it difficult to break down the stubborn Belper defence. Taylor looked lively on the wing and created panic every time he got the ball.
The next try came from one of his dancing runs which was stopped just short of the line. Belper conceded a penalty and quick thinking saw James Goodrich go over for the try.
Aaron Whittaker ran back another clearing kick out on the wing. He had just enough room to squeeze in at the corner.
Robert Sheardown went close to scoring and as he was stopped, Belper conceded another penalty and again Goodrich capitalised by going over from the tap kick to score at the post. Parker’s conversion was good for a healthy 29-0 half time score, ith the bonus point secured.
The second half was much tighter as Belper got more into the game. Kesteven lost a bit of fluency and were unable to add to their score.
An injury to a Belper player interrupted play and necessitated a move to an adjacent pitch. The disruption affected Belper badly and Kesteven ran in two further tries.
One was the best of the match as Goodrich broke out from his own 22. He found support from Rupert Jordan who passed back in to Goodrich, who then found Phil Jordan racing up in space to finish the move with the try under the posts.
Rupert Jordan then finished the game off with a classic winger’s try in the corner.
Kesteven: Whittaker, Taylor, P. Jordan, Goodrich, R. Jordan, Parker, Lines, Odams, Sheardown, Purves, Pert, Cowley, Durrance, Turner, Woolerton. Reps: Midgely, Sayle, Hardy-Gillings.
ALTHOUGH they battled gamely, Kesteven could not gain any field position in the early stages and conceded as Southwell powered over following a tap penalty .
Gaining parity in the scrum, Kesteven found it difficult to break out of their half. Despite some positive running from wing Bijay Gaire, Ks often struggled to get to the breakdown before being turned over. A blindside move from a scrum on the 22-metre line led to Southwell’s second try.
After the break, Ks increased their intensity as Ali Campbell and Oliver Minter tackled fiercely. With Southwell pinned back, Ks crucially knocked on when five metres short and then created an overlap, but lacked the composure to finish.
Ball handling let down both sides for much of the rest of the second half, before Southwell rallied to score a fine individual try in the final minute.
Kesteven: Stewart, Knott, Coyle, Jakes, Miles, Wright, Morrison, Rowland, Campbell, Minter, Haggan, Moody, Gaire, Mawer, Delbrocco, Leese, Davies, Sean.