Midlands League 2
Market Bosworth 40
Kesteven travelled to Bosworth knowing a victory would give them a giant step towards retaining their place in the league next season.
On a blustery day, both teams started well with Bosworth drawing first blood. Off a line-out, the fly half was able to find a gap and glide under the posts for a 7-0 lead.
Kesteven responded well, keeping to the structure they had practised all week. This paid dividends when James Goodrich smashed through the midfield defence. Despite being hauled down short, he managed to stretch out and dot the ball down over the line.
Bosworth were not disheartened by conceding and worked a try of their own in the corner shortly after through a good forward drive for 12-5.
Despite Kesteven having the better chances in the late stages of the first half, no further points were added by either side and
Bosworth started the second period strongly and some weak defending enabled their fly half, who was excellent all day, to hand off his opponent and again stroll underneath the posts. The kick was good.
Kesteven got back up the field and were awarded a penalty deep in Bosworth territory. Captain Purvis elected for the posts and Parker stepped up to slot the three points.
With their tails up, Kesteven rallied and mounted a series of potent attacks which came to fruition when James Cowley made a break and was able to off load to winger Ben Hall who raced over for his first first team try to take the score to 19-13.
Kesteven just could not claw Bosworth back though and they managed to score a further try following an interception from a loose pass on the half way line. The conversion was successful.
However, Kesteven would not roll over and Goodrich capped a fine man of the match performance with another barnstorming run through the Bosworth defence. With just the full back to beat, he was able to outpace him to the line for his second try. Parker converted for 26-20.
Bosworth replied almost instantaneously, again from weak defending, scoring under the posts.
Still believing in taking something from the game, Kesteven launched another attack with the backs and forwards linking well. This led to Jack Stokes collecting the ball in the midfield and powering his way to the line for a try, converted by Parker.
With five minutes remaining, Bosworth took their tally to 40 points and in the final minute Turner, who was outstanding all day, adding a late fifth try for Ks. The conversion was added by Parker which despite a loss gave Kesteven two valuable bonus points, just rewards for their efforts in what was one of the best performances of the season.
Kesteven: Pert, Sheardown, Purvis, Tweddle, Cowley, Armstrong, Woolerton, Turner, Addlesee, Parker, Goodrich, Hughes, Hall, Lines, Dingley, Cox, Stokes, Webster.
Kesteven 2nd 20
Cresswell Crusaders 27
Cresswell made their first visit to Woodnook for the first match between the clubs, with Ady Ward leading out the usual mix of youth and experience for the hoome side.
Both teams served up an entertaining match which ebbed and flowed as the lead changed hands various times.
There were many mistakes but equally some moments of skill. Cresswell opened the scoring after 10 minutes with a try. Kesteven quickly recovered and ran in a couple of quick tries from Will Wood, then a kick and chase led to a charged down clearance and Ks had their third try from Chris Warden.
Cresswell had the last word in the half and reduced the deficit to 15-10 with a second try before the break.
The visitors upped their game in the second half and were soon in the lead as they ran in two tries. One was converted to open up a 22-15 advantage.
The game opened up with both sides now putting together some good moves. Harvey Fuller ended a good run with a try but the visitors finished the match with a final try.
It was another learning experience for the young Kesteven side. Bright had a good game at scrum half while Warden was prominent, with Ian Charles at full back marshalling his young charges very well. In the pack, Oilie Hanson enjoyed his afternoon with some great charges, while Callum Scuffham is settling into his preferred role as hooker.
Kesteven: Burns, Barnes, Warden, Charles, T. Wood, W. Wood, Brighten, Ward, Scuffham, Mawby, Hanson, Radford, Widsor, Hodgson Fuller, Vince.