North Hykeham 14
Kesteven 2nd 10
With the second non-show of Matlock 3rd for a crucial league game, Kesteven’s second string travelled to Midlands 5 League side North Hykeham for what was expected to be a tough encounter.
The home side wasted no time in utilising the huge boot of their outside half to keep the greater threat of the Kesteven back line pinned back in their own 22. Soon enough the pressure told and Hykeham crossed the try line for the game’s first points following a defensive mix-up and breakaway. The conversion attempt was good.
Kesteven’s response was positive. Having gained some possession, Ks forced Hykeham to commit penalties that enabled Harry Martin to boot to the corner. An impressive maul from a 5m lineout found Scott Odhams at the bottom of the pile to register Ks’ first points.
The second half followed much the same pattern as the first with Hykeham playing territory and Ks keen to get their backs involved.
The home side extended their lead when from a number eight pick-up off a scrum, only just over half way, he scythed through some woeful tackling to make it to the 5m line where he offloaded to his rampaging support. The extra two points were converted.
The visitors responded and dominated the remainder of the game, with Odhams managing to burrow over for his brace. Kesteven: Odhams, Login, P. Dolan, Shields, Brown, R. Dolan, Morrissey, J. Smith, Jordan Hughes, Martin, Windsor, J. Hughes, Cann, Betts, Price, Hanson, S. Smith, Chris, Charles.