RUGBY: Kesteven defeat old rivals Sleaford

Adam Draper squeezes through the tightest of gaps. Photo: Rob Parkin

Adam Draper squeezes through the tightest of gaps. Photo: Rob Parkin

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Midlands League 3

East (North)

Kesteven 48

Sleaford 12

Saturday was a crisp and dry autumnal day at Woodnook.

Kesteven had a slightly changed pack, with Osbourne coming into the second row, kicked off and right from the start their intent was clear – putting huge pressure on the receiver and turning the ball over.

Kesteven made line breaks and ground through hard running from forwards and centres for the first 10 minutes. From the 10th minute Kesteven had a purple patch with Goodrich scoring from a long way out with a signature break. He followed his break up with another run that set up Scott Odams running strongly in support.

Adam Draper, later named man of the match, then sniped over, finding a gap around the Sleaford fringes. He continued to find holes all day, setting numerous attacks up with his fringe attacks.

One such attack brought Draper up to the opposition 22 where he neatly offloaded to captain Webster. But a tackle to the knee five meters out ended Webster’s afternoon with a ligament injury.

Kesteven then scored another first half try from wing Taylor, making a scorching run and beating several players down the flank wing.

Sleaford, to their credit, then battled back to make the last five minutes of the first half very competitive. Sleaford were camped only 5m from the Kesteven line. At this point, flanker Armstrong committed one too many offences and was given 10 minutes in the sin bin to read up on the laws of the game.

The second half was a scrappy affair with both teams hearing the whistle blown against them consistently. Sleaford worked hard and were rewarded with two second half tries.

When Kesteven did get some clean ball, they made Sleaford pay, scoring tries through Whittaker (2), Taylor again and Jack Berry.

Kesteven were happy to take the bonus point win against old rivals Sleaford, but on the day knew they left plenty of points out there due to indiscipline.

This Saturday week the league takes a break for cup action with the first team taking on Stamford away.

Kesteven: Odams, Sheardown, Purvis, Cowley, Osbourne, Webster, Armstrong, Woolerton, Draper, Wood, Taylor, Goodrich, Berry, Miles, Whittaker. Reps: Cooper, Payne, Windsor.