Midlands League 2
Kesteven welcomed top side Spalding to Woodnook for a Lincolnshire derby, looking to build on their strong performance of last week.
Spalding kicked off and Kesteven looked to have secured the ball, but they were penalised and the visitors kicked the goal for an early three-point lead.
Kesteven settled well after this and contained the Spalding attack. The defensive partnership of James Goodrich and Sean Templeton could not be broken while the back three of Olly Wood, Alex Ingram and Aaron Whitaker cleared any danger.
Ks struggled to get out of their own half but when they did, they were eventually awarded a penalty 40 metres out. Dan Turner was handed the kicking duties and he steered the ball safely between the posts to level the scores.
From the restart, the home side were penalised again for not releasing the ball. This time the kick failed but Spalding had a hold in the Kesteven half and eventually won a line-out near the home line. From this, their pack were able to roll over the line to score. The conversion from out wide was successful to open up a 10-3 lead.
Kesteven showed some good spirit and when Spalding were penalised for a late tackle and their number seven was sent to the sin bin, Ks were able to get some time in the Spalding 22. They had a number of drives for the line and just when it seemed like they would come away with nothing, they manufactured a try.
The ball was worked out to the left and when it looked like the move had broken down, man-of-the-match Whitaker broke clear to go in under the posts. Turner’s kick was good to level once more at 10-10.
The second half started well for Kesteven. The forwards started to get on top in the scrums and kept Spalding in their own half.
But the turning point came 20 minutes in as first Templeton went off to be replaced by Jake Hughes, then Goodrich was sent to the sin bin, taking one for the team as the number of penalties for handling in rucks counted against them. Spalding kicked the penalty to ease in front and then added another with 10 minutes remaining.
One final penalty allowed Spalding to deny Kesteven even a losing bonus point with the last kick of the game.
Kesteven: Odams, Sheardown, Cowley, Carew, Webster, Sayle Jnr, Woolerton, Turner, Draper, Dent, Ingram, Goodrich, Templeton, Wood, Whitaker. Reps: Pert, Peabody, Hughes.
Kesteven enjoyed a big win on Sunday and helped themselves to 10 tries.
The team played against a combined Bourne and Market Deeping side which was augmented by Kesteven players Josh Peters and Ben Cole. Both gave good accounts of themselves with Peters arguably deserving the man of the match award for both teams.
Bourne were always going to find it hard going against a Kesteven side coming off the back of a superb NLD Cup victory the previous week, but probably did not expect such a difficult start with Harvey Fuller scoring from the opening move of the game.
The first half saw further scores from Bartlett (3), Brenton and Brighten as the Black Army played with attacking flair and the necessary steel to counter a Bourne side who never gave up competing, and scored a well deserved try of their own just before half time.
Props Davey Hodgson and James Cole carried well throughout and wingers Der Brocco and Parr were dogged in defence when called upon.
The second half saw the entry of winger Spriggs who showed a clean pair of heels with an excellent hat trick, and Palin got on the end of a Bartlett break.
A. Tapson kicked seven Kesteven conversions successfully.
Kesteven: Hodgson, Peters, B. Cole, J. Cole, T. Tapson, Hughes, Fuller, Brighten, Bartlett, Cox, Brenton, Rogerson, Brewis, Moth (c), Wainwright, Parr, Del Brocco, A. Tapson, Palin, Spriggs.
Kesteven travelled to Burntstump Hill in a top-of-the table NLD Shield quarter-final clash.
Paviors caught the kick-off and moved the ball around comfortably, eventually almost walking over the line for the opening score. From the restart, they moved the ball out to their quick outside centre and scored a second try. Both tries were converted.
But Kesteven got back into the game and started to play some phases. Paviors conceded a penalty and from a quick tap Pirie charged over to score. Danny Moore then made a great break and stepped the full back to score, and then added the conversion.
Paviors scored another, but a second try for Moore, this time converted by Whinney, levelled the score at 19-19 just before half time.
Kesteven conceded a try after the break but then entered a purple patch, adding four tries without reply. First Ethan Archer raced away down the wing and managed to get under the posts. Eagle drove over from close range to give Ks the lead for the first time, before Pirie picked up and went over for his second try.
Man-of-the-match Archer then got his second as he made a break and stepped through the tiring Paviors defence to give Kesteven a seemingly unassailable lead of 43-26.
But Paviors came back strongly and dominated the last 10 minutes, scoring two further tries
The win progressed Kesteven to the semi-finals of the competition.