RUGBY: Kesteven record another emphatic victory against East Retford

In the thick of it . . . action from Kesteven's win over visitors East Retford. Photo: 026D
In the thick of it . . . action from Kesteven's win over visitors East Retford. Photo: 026D

Midlands League 3

Kesteven 36

East Retford 0

Conditions were not good for open rugby as rain fell on a muddy Woodnook pitch on Saturday.

Kesteven were intent on running the visitors off their feet, taking tap penalties rather than the conventional kick to touch. Scoring chances were few and far between. Retford had two penalty attempts that failed and Kesteven were rewarded with a single penalty goal by Parker after 30 minutes.

Kesteven started the second half with the benefit of the wind. The first half effort had taken its toll on the visitors and the home pack started to dictate. Retford had scrum five metres from their own line. The Kesteven pack went for broke and drove the visiting back over the line. Cowley came up with the ball as the scorer of the first try. Parker kicked the conversion.

Three minutes later, Danny Turner went clear and ran in for try number two. Parker’s kick was good again to open up the gap to 17-0.

The home side were on song now with the forwards winning more possession and the third try came from this domination. Peabody and Midgely worked the ball over the line with Peabody getting the try. Parker kept up his kicking record to take the score to 24-0.

The forwards were on top again for the bonus point try. First Turner was stopped inches short before Mark Dent squeezed in at the corner after another drive. This time Chris Galloway took over the kicking duties to land a superb goal from the touchline.

Goodrich made the early running to clear space for Jake Hughes to run in for the final try and seal another emphatic win.

Kesteven: Galloway, Whittaker, J. Hughes, Goodrich, P. Jordan, Parker, Dent, Sheardown, Brown, Purvis, Pert, Cowley, Peabody, Midgely, Turner. Reps: Odams, G. Smith, O Hughes.