Midlands League 3
East (North) Kesteven 6
KESTEVEN welcomed Lincoln to Woodnook for the first game between the sides for a few years, with Lincoln coming down a league last year.
Ks were missing a few key players but they were confident they could continue their winning start to the season. Although a tough game was expected, the scorching weather did not make things any easier for either side.
From the start of the game it was clear it was going to be a battle up front with both the set-piece and break own fiercely competed. Kesteven survived some early pressure from Lincoln and managed to work themselves into the opposition half. They were awarded a penalty which Matt Harland converted to give an early lead.
Lincoln came back straight away and worked the ball out to their danger man on the right wing who ran around the defence and scored in the corner. Moments later the same winger had the ball in space, but this time some great cover tackling prevented him scoring a second. Harland had another penalty that went just short and the score remained 5-3 to the visitors at half time.
The second half started with Kesteven putting the visitors under pressure which resulted in a number of penalties being conceded. Harland converted one of these to give Ks a slender one point lead with 20 minutes to go.
Tempers became a little frayed as the game wore on and Tony Woolerton received 10 minutes in the sin bin for an altercation with an opposing player. Lincoln kicked a penalty and moved ahead.
The game finally got away from the home side when a missed tackle allowed Lincoln to break away up the pitch. Despite a last ditch tackle, an off-load to a supporting player resulted in a try under the posts. The conversion was missed but Lincoln held on to win the game.
Kesteven: Harland, Charles, P. Jordan, Woolerton, R. Jordan, Parker, Draper, Odams, Brown, Hayward, Cowley, G. Smith, Midgley, Peabody, Korcz. Reps: Paton, Pert, Lines.
Notts, Lincs & Derbys Cup
West Bridgford 7
KESTEVEN under 15s travelled to West Bridgford for the first game of the first round of the NLD Cup competition.
Ks started off well and a quick solo try from Charlie Pirie soon put the visitors 5-0. Matt Grinney converted from an acute angle.
West Bridgford soon hit back and levelled the scores with a fine try into the corner.
Jordan Addlesee made a great break through the middle to go under the posts for Ks’ second try, which was also converted. Will Aspinall went down the blind side following a scrum to go over for Kesteven’s third try of the game.
Joe Ryder collected a stray pass to score in the corner and give Ks their fourth try and a bonus point. The try was converted for a healthy 26-7 lead.
The second half was all in West Bridgford’s half, Ks scoring a further two fine tries through Ed Bloodworth (Chunky). Kesteven also had three tries held up on the line.
Kesteven: Adams, B. Addlesee, J. Addlesee, Allen, Aspinall, Bloodworth, Bosworth, Cartwright, Cole (c), Danford, Clark, Fay, Fletcher, Grinney, Harrod, Pepper, Peters, Pirie, Ryder, Taggart.