Midlands League 3
Kesteven made the short trip over to Sleaford for the traditional local derby match.
The early exchanges were pretty tight with both sides battling for supremacy. The Kesteven pack were intent on keeping the ball moving forward but the Sleaford defence was secure.
The breakthrough came after 15 minutes. Sleaford won a penalty on halfway and tried to run it. The tackle was good – and when the ball went loose Odams pounced and secured possession. Dingley and Wood moved it swiftly out to Taylor. The wing had a lot to do but his determination and pace opened up a gap to the line for the opening try.
This settled the visitors and they started to get on top making it difficult for Sleaford to break out. Taylor added a second try from nothing. He picked up a loose ball on the 22 and ghosted through the defence to score. The kick went in off the post.
Sleaford resorted to kicks to test the Kesteven defence. One of these was fielded by Whittaker on his own 22. He showed his usual enterprise and set off on a darting run through the entire Sleaford team to go clear and score under the posts. Cann converted.
Ks finished the half with a trademark try from Turner. Cann made the running and found Turner straightened and set a fine angled run to the post. A neat shimmy saw off the last defender as he scored at the posts. Cann added the goal points to take the score to 26-0, with the bonus point, as the half ended.
Sleaford upped their game and ran in a try to narrow the gap after the break.
The next turning point came after 23 minutes when a dangerous tackle by Sleaford on Tweddle led to a yellow card for the Sleaford player. This galvanised Kesteven and they quickly reasserted themselves. Dingley took the penalty quickly and sent Goodrich away. The big centre used all his strength to go over.
Then Rupert Jordan was denied a try when he lost the ball in the act of scoring, before Goodrich ran clear for his second.
A kick through by Dingley was followed up by Whittaker and Taylor. Whittaker distracted the defender while Taylor stole the ball and strolled over. Taylor scored his fourth try as he collected a good pass from Cann. Cann converted all of these tries.
Kesteven won a scrum deep in their own half in the last minute. Cann fed Whittaker with just enough room and the full back ran with terrific determination to hug the touchline and race clear to score behind the posts.
Kesteven: Whittaker, Ede, W. Cann, Goodrich, Taylor, Wood, Dingley, Odams, Sheardown, Purvis, Cowley, Bloodworth, Webster, R. Cann, Turner. Reps: Clift-Hill, Tweddle, R. Jordan