Sleaford A 57
Kesteven 2nd 12
The game began poorly from a Kesteven point of view as the usual starting vigour seemed to be lost and Sleaford quickly scored three quick tries following unusually flimsy tackling.
Kesteven clawed themselves back into the game with the straight running of Jinks and Dent to the fore. Eventually Sleaford began to stray offside and with the quick-tap king on the field, Mark Dent dived over the line for the visitors’ first try. Joe Berry’s kick was good.
At half time, Kesteven were well in the game at 19-7. Following a quick score from Sleaford at the beginning of the second half, it was all Black Army as the backs looked to cut loose. Eventually Templeton found some space for Charles who sprinted in from 30 metres until stopped via a high tackle. The resulting penalty was quickly tapped by Harry Martin who managed to squeeze in at the corner with a fantastic rugby league-style finish.
This was to be as good as it got for the visitors as Sleaford showed their fitness and stature and managed to score a number of classy tries to flatter the scoreline, and eventually run out deserved victors.
Kesteven: Paton, Login, P. Dolan, King, Hanson, Dez, R. Dolan, Jinks, Dent, Martin, Charles, Templeton, A. Price, Cunningham, Berry .Subs: Blackley, A. N. Other.