Midlands League 3
KESTEVEN suffered again from lack of availability for the journey to Grimsby, but those who travelled gave their all.
The weather was dry and there was a cool breeze blowing down the field as Grimsby kicked off. It was clear that they were intent on taking the game on through their forwards, testing Kesteven’s close defence. The early pressure paid off as they crossed for the opening try after five minutes. The conversion was successful.
The Kesteven responded and they worked to their game plan of keeping the ball moving well. The handling was excellent and the backs asked questions of the home defence. They got their reward with a fine try. The forwards won good ball on half way, Charles came off his wing to take O’Brien’s pass before feeding Phil Jordan. Jordan drew his man and gave Nathan Turner the ball 30 metres out. Young Nathan had a lot to do but used his pace and the space ahead to go over for a fine try.
Grimsby tightened their defence and despite some good breaks, Ks were unable to add to their tally. Just before the break, the Grimsby pack engineered two more tries to go into half time with a flattering 19-5 lead.
Kesteven had the use of the wind in the second half but Grimsby defended well and kept their line intact. The home side also attacked well and scored two further tries, despite suffering some indiscipline which led to two players in the sin bin.
Kesteven: Whittaker, R. Jordan, N. Turner, P. Jordan, O’Brien, Wood, Odams, P. Dolan, Paton, Pert, Cowley, R. Dolan, D. Turner, Brown. Reps: Blackley, Arnold.