Notts Pennant League
East Retford 2nd 5
Kesteven 2nd 17
Kesteven looked to open the game and use their strong back line as Retford sought revenge for their 105-0 hammering at Woodnook earlier in the season.
Following good breaks by Dyson and Martin where only the last pass was lacking, it was Matt Harland who cut through Retford’s 10 channel and had the skill and speed to run full 50 metres, aided only by an unfortunate slip by the home side’s full back as he completed the score.
For all their dominance in possession and territory, Ks were unable to make more of their opportunities. On the flip side, Retford did not seem to have much to offer in return.
But there was a second Kesteven try before the break, as the side reverted to route one. Having smashed at Retford’s line through the forwards, it was scrum-half James Dyson who eventually squeezed over the whitewash to round off a slightly disappointing 10-0 half time scoreline.
The second half began with a bang as straight from the kick-off Kesteven were on the attack. They set free the under-used Brad Jepson who somehow produced an offload to the supporting James Dyson who sped in for a deserved brace. Berry kicked the conversion.
Try as they might, Kesteven were unable to pull away and more crucially failed to register a bonus point try. This was not due to lack of endeavour, with the forwards working tirelessly to secure the ball and the backs manfully trying every move possible to force the game.
After five minutes of magnificent Kesteven try line defence, Retford finally found the line for what was a much deserved consolation try.
Kesteven: Paton, P. Dolan, Bennett, Hanson, Carew, R. Dolan, J. Hughes, Miles, Dyson, Martin, Betts, Harland, Berry, Jepson, Cooper. Reps: Coghill, Foster, J. Smith, Charles, Danford.