RUGBY: Kesteven lose to Glossop in NLD Shield semis

Notts, Lincs & Derbys Shield semi-final

Kesteven 12

Glossop 37

Kesteven were expecting a hard match from their visitors who play in the South Lancashire and Cheshire League and Glossop showed their strength in the opening minutes.

They fielded the kick-off and used their forwards to trundle the ball upfield. Despite valiant efforts from the home defence, Glossop went over for the first try after just two minutes. The conversion just squeezed inside the post.

Kesteven set about running the ball when they could and opened their account with a fine try after 10 minutes.

Wood broke away from a ruck and found support from Hayward. The hooker had Turner screaming up on the outside to take the pass and make great strides for the line. Turner showed great presence in looking for the inside man and Odams was on hand to score the try. Chris Galloway kicked the extra points to level the scores.

Glossop were awarded a penalty in front of the posts and kicked the goal to regain the lead.

Again Kesteven tried to keep the game alive. A deep kick to the corner was chased down by Turner who forced the wing to put the ball into touch near the line. He snatched the ball and threw it in from touch quickly to Sheardown who went over for the try to give Kesteven the lead.

The visiting pack continued to dominate and forced their way over for two more tries just before the break to take the score to 20-12.

The second half saw Kesteven turn with the benefit of the wind but the game was taken away from them inside two minutes. A kick deep into the home corner found touch as the Ks defence tried to keep the ball alive. Glossop won the line-out and a simple move allowed their centre to go over for the try.

Glossop added two more unconverted tries to seal a convincing win.

Kesteven: Galloway, P. Jordan, J. Hughes, Hudson, Taylor, Parker, Wood, Sheardown, Hayward, Purvis, Pert, Cowley, Peabody, Odams, Turner. Reps: O. Hughes, Flear.