West Bridgford 43
A bright but cloudy day greeted a first team squad down on numbers for the final pre-season warm-up game.
After a strong start from West Bridgford with some good early drives, Kesteven had a lineout on the 10m line. Kieran Taylor asked for the ball to be spun out wide early on first phase fancying that he could get the better of his opposite number. His confidence was well founded as he easily rounded his winger with a strong hand-off before repeating the trick with the full back to touch down in the corner for an impressive opening score on the five minute mark. Scrum half Chris Galloway’s conversion attempt failed.
A tight 25 minutes then ensued with both teams showing good glimpses, lean breaks and strong support running. On 33 minutes, Bridgford scored their opening try under the posts for an easy conversion. Within three minutes, the visitors backed their first try up with a smartly taken second, again easily converted.
Ks closed the gap to two points shortly before the half time whistle,when Harry Martin got on the end of a neat offload to touch down. Galloway converted smartly from near the touchline.
Taylor’s impressive first half continued strongly into the second half and on the back of an excellent Turner thrust, followed by a strong run from Tweddle, he beat at least four men to score his second try of the day. The the usually dead eye Galloway’s aim was out for the attempted extra points.
Almost immediately after, strong Kesteven pressure led to them being camped on the Bridgford line. Turner ran a neat line off Galloway to make the score 22-14. A narrow miss from Galloway left the score untouched by the conversion attempt.
Bridgford’s ubstitute flanker found a few gaps in weak Kesteven tackling to narrow the score to 22-19, after which the conversion was successful.
A back and forth second half carried on in the same manner throughout. Whittaker made some strong thrusts that led to him taking a try out wide on the 53 minute mark.
Bridgford were not done though and broke away to close the score to 27-26. Kesteven pressured Bridgford into a few mistakes which led to a penalty under the sticks that Galloway knocked over the bar.
Ks finally fell at the last hurdle with Bridgford’s dangerous 15 and 12 linking to conjure three tries in the final four minutes.
Kesteven: Whittaker, Draper, Lidstone, Dingley, Taylor, Wood, Galloway, Odams, Sheardown, Purvis, Pert, Tweddle, Martin, Cowley, Turner. Rep: Friel.