Under-17 RFU Midlands Cup Semi-final
Birmingham & Solihull 18
Kesteven battled through to the final of the Midlands Cup but it was the National Division Two side from the West Midlands that were first on the scoresheet.
After a wayward kick, Birmingham’s fast and agile full back found the space to put the ball down in the corner.
But Ks were soon to dominate the field and after a quick three-point penalty, cleanly struck by Matt Grinney, and forward dominating run of play, Kesteven eventually found the whitewash. Grinney slotted the conversion to put his side 10-5 up.
The Black Army did not relinquish the lead from then on. Taylor Bowers clicked his heals and rounded two defenders to score in the corner. Grinney missed the difficult extra points but managed to hit both posts in the process.
The next 40 minutes was a dogged affair and both sides found the whitewash again. With 10 minutes to go, the score was 23-18. Ks camped on the opposition five-yard line taking phase after phase and hitting a strong defence. Birmingham could only hold on so long and after two decisions of held-up, Kesteven eventually found the line.
The Midlands final will be held in Coventry on April 6 when Kesteven will meet Wolverhampton. Ks also have the NLD Cup Final this Sunday.
Kesteven under-17s are from left, back – Oscar White, Nathan Peters, Jo Ryder, Jordan Addlesee, Sam Butler, Ed Bloodworth, Dan Singer, Taylor Bowers, Jack Shennan, Josh Adams, Charlie Perie and Dan Bosworth; front – Will Aspinall, Ed Cole, Sam Danford, Matt Grinney, Phil Fletcher, captain Josh Allen, Ben Addlesee, Daniel Taggart and Andrew Cartwright.
Midlands League 2
It took Loughborough just five minutes to minutes to catch Kesteven off-guard when the home side found their way through the defensive line for an easily converted try under the posts.
A penalty awarded to Kesteven allowed Martyn Parker to secure three points after 20 minutes. Straight from the kick-off, the ball found Martin Carew who drew several players into a tackle before releasing Kieran Taylor who galloped the length of the pitch for the first of his two unconverted tries.
Not to be outdone by their visitors, Loughborough pulled ahead with another converted try five minutes later.
Another penalty to Kesteven was struck home by Martyn Parker before centre James Goodrich made a break and released the ball to Taylor for his second to give Ks a 16-14 half time lead.
The second half saw a very lethargic Kesteven side grace the pitch and Loughborough capitalised, running in five tries.
Kieran Taylor received Kesteven management’s man of the match and Loughborough voted Kesteven’s lock, Martin Carew, their overall man of the match.
Kesteven: Odams, Hayward, Cowley, Pert (Sheardown, 61), Carew, Cann, Woolerton (Midgley, 70), Mark Sayle Jnr, Parker, Young, Templeton, Goodrich, Taylor, Whittaker. Subs not used: Webster
Nottinghamshire Pennant League
Kesteven 2nd 34
Nottingham Moderns 19
A move out wide provided Kesteven’s first points when Charles was released on the right.
Brought down on the five metre line, a speculative pass back inside found the supporting Jamie Flear who mopped the bouncing ball up with great skill to touch down for the try.
Makwana, Dent and Windsor in midfield all combined to set Danny Williams free. His pace surprised the defence and he ran round them for the score near the posts. Williams was again given the ball in space to complete a quickfire brace.
Ks were good value for the bonus point lead before half time. An and under from Makwana was chased by full back Andy Price who took it on to the final defender before passing to the supporting Jordan Hughes for a classy score.
Kesteven gave away too many penalties early in the second half which Moderns used to engineer two quick tries.
Ks replied when they manufactured a long range try finished off by Price.
The Nottingham side did not give up but a loose ball was mopped up and led to Windsor powering through three Moderns men to complete the scoring.
Kesteven: Brown, P. Dolan, Osbourne, Hanson, Clarke, Flear, R. Dolan, J. Smith, J. Hughes, Makwana, Williams, Dent, Windsor, Charles, A. Price, Reps: Peabody.
Lincs Merit League
Kesteven 3rd 8
A physical game ensued with a series of exchanges between the forwards, with Cheetham, Welham and Vincent giving the opposition no sympathy, complemented with aggressive play from Emery and Arnold.
A left hand wing effort between Blackley and Anderson pushed Ks within striking point for Leo Vincent to drive it over, but they were denied by a hold-up.
Then Horncastle came back hard before half time, with their full-back breaking through following a ruck and taking one through the middle. The conversion kick was good.
Kesteven replied after the break when Anderson handed off two tackle attempts to dive for the corner to score.
A failed conversion left Ks two points down, but the kick-off provided a sequence of exchanges and led to a knock on by Horncastle. This was punished by the golden boot of Chris Roughan for three points from long range which sealed victory.
Nottingham Moderns 10
The hosts registered the game’s first try after sustained pressure on Kesteven’s try line but were unable to convert their score.
Ks then started to kick into gear and some lovely back play saw Ollie Jakes outsprint his opposite man to touch down for his first try of the season.
A spilled ball was picked up by Josh Udom who sprinted upfield. Udom was tackled short of the line and offloaded to Charlie Barnard who in turn was held up short. Udom himself was on hand to finish off the move. Barnard converted to make the score 12-5 at half-time.
Moderns started the second half off the stronger and made the most of Ks ill discipline to score but again missed the conversion.
The last five minutes were dominated by Moderns who were awarded a penalty and chose to kick for goal, but it went wide and Ks were able to hold out for the win.
Kesteven 0 Market Rasen 24
Kesteven 20 Derby 7
Kesteven 25 West Bridgford 0
Kesteven 7 Paviors 26
Kesteven welcomed 17 teams to Woodnook for the Notts, Lincs and Derbys Sevens Tournament on Sunday.
Ks conceded an early try in their first game against a strong and fast Market Rasen side who went on to win the pool. The hosts spent most of the match on the back foot as Rasen enjoyed a comfortable victory.
With regained confidence Brenton and Spriggs ran in tries before Brighten scored a try of his own to seal victory for Ks against Derby.
West Bridgford were similarly well handled with forwards Peters and Kwasau this time making bullocking runs through the middle to allow space for the Kesteven wingers to run in the tries. A Spriggs hat trick and fine individual efforts from Tapson and Palin saw a strong Bridgford side well beaten.
Having finished second in the group, Kesteven faced a tough Nottingham Paviors in the Plate semi-final.
Despite having a lot of the possession, a couple of loose passes from the home side saw Paviors run in tries from deep in their own half. Some brave Kesteven play saw a mini comeback with winger Spriggs running in his sixth try of the morning, but Paviors finished strongly to go into the final and emerge victorious.
Kesteven: Brenton, Brewis, Brighten, Cox, Edwards, Fuller, Kwasau, Palin, Peters, Spriggs, A. Tapson, Taylor.
Under-11 NLD Shield
Kesteven 10 Southwell 5
Kesteven 35 Ashbourne 0
Kesteven 20 Ashfield 5
Kesteven 10 Notts Moderns 0
Kesteven won the NLD Shield in style, only ever going behind in their first game against Southwell.
Ks levelled through Daniel Brumhead and Daniel K. scored the winning try.
The Grantham side whitewashed Ashbourne with tries from Daniel K., Oscar Brady, Zak Draycott (2) and Tom Helliwell (3).
The semi-final against Ashfield started with Tom H. scoring a try in the opening seconds, which he quickly followed up with a second.
Further tries from Dan and Jack Edwards ensured Kesteven’s place in the final.
Good tackles and communication led to victory over Notts Moderns, with two more tries from player-of-the day Tom Helliwell.