RUGBY: Second half tries not enough for Kesteven

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Midlands League 3

East (North)

Mellish 48

Kesteven 10

KESTEVEN set off for Mellish for their first game of 2011 showing a number of changes. Hallam O’Brien came in for his first start of the season, with Brett Login and Jordan Hughes forming the back row.

It was a cold sunny afternoon with a strong crossfield wind as Mellish kicked off. Mellish had the better of the opening exchanges and were soon ahead. Their nippy fly-half found an inside channel, cutting back to create the opening try. They followed up with a second shortly after to take a 10-0 lead.

Kesteven had some good play and Danny Turner went close to scoring with a good break but he was hauled down just short. Mellish broke away again and added a third try which was converted. Ks did have one more chance before the break when O’Brien kicked through and was tackled late.

Ks turned round with hopes of overturning the deficit. They raised the pace of their game and took play to Mellish but were unable to score. Mellish however broke away again to score another converted try.

Ks kept pressing and were at last rewarded when a hurried clearance from the home defence was picked up by Cooper who shot over for the try. This should have been the spur for a Kesteven comeback but again defensive frailties led them to concede a penalty try.

Kesteven realised they had nothing to lose and were playing the game at pace. Odams took a tap penalty to himself to score before Mellish took advantage of this looseness to run in three more tries and finish convincing winners.

Kesteven: Whittaker, P. Jordan, Turner, Cooper, O’Brien, Turner, Wood, Odams, Hayward, Bennett, Pert, Cowley, Hughes, Login, Coghill. Reps: Sayle, Paton, Charles.

Notts Pennant League

Group 4

Creswell Crusaders 28

Kesteven 3rd 17

CRESWELL started off the better and, despite some very good tackling from Kesteven, managed to get the ball out wide to score the first try and conversion after five minutes.

Kesteven’s backs defended like demons but, the pressure proved too much and, after some fine offensive running, Creswell ran through a wall of Ks players to score their second converted try of the half.

A resilient Kesteven responded with tenacity. After some excellent support play in the mauls by the forwards, Ben Betts, who was playing at hooker for the very first time, managed to scramble over the line to reduce the deficit.

“Slovak” Jo went close to adding to Kesteven’s tally but was adjudged to have knocked on in his attempt to place the ball on the ground.

Creswell looked the sharper after the break and found their way over Kesteven’s try line to score once more. But again Kesteven refused to let their heads drop and came back with determination which led to Daz Blackley scoring Ks’ second try of the game after some good interchange with Ben Betts, and support play from the nearby players.

Mark Herbert replaced tight head prop Paul Ethrington who left the field with an injured knee.

Kesteven upped their game a little and “Slovak” Jo beat six Creswell players on a

rampaging run of more than 40 yards to score a magnificent try. Andy Price kicked the

conversion to make the score 21-17 in Creswell’s favour.

Ks conceded a penalty and Creswell took a quick tap-kick and ran the ball through a retreating Kesteven back line to score their fourth try of the day, which was once again converted.

Kesteven: Blackley, Windsor, R. Dolan, Orme, Williams, Price, Whatling, Dovey (c), Betts, Ethrington, “Slovak” Jo, Garlant, J. Smith, Tudor, Herbert. Reps: Potter.

Under-11

Stamford 30 Kesteven 15

Stamford 5 Kesteven 25

KESTEVEN made an immediate impact and spent the first half battering Stamford’s line.

With the forwards totally dominant in scrum and lineout Stamford were unable to find an answer to Kesteven’s attacking power and succumbed to tries from Davy Hodgson, Toby Tapson and Tom Edwards.

In a complete reversal, the second half saw Stamford storm back with some excellent back play and, unable to secure there own ball, Kesteven conceded six tries.

Ks took control of the second game and never lost momentum. A first-ever try from newcomer Joe Brighten was followed by further scores from Jack Palin and two more from Edwards.

Half-backs Tapson and Archer hounded Stamford all morning, controlling a powerful pack where forwards Peters, Moth, Taylor Hughes and Hodgson secured good quality ball for Edwards, Palin, Rogerson and Dewar to run the home side ragged.Kesteven: Peters, Hodgson, Moth, B. Cole, J. Cole, Hughes, Taylor, Edwards, Fawcitt, Fuller, A. Tapson, T. Tapson, Archer, Wainwright, Rogerson, Dewar, Palin, Young, Brighten, Wainwright, Young, Parr, Jakes, Crisp, Del Brocco.

Under-9

Stamford A 6 Kesteven 0

Stamford B 2 Kesteven 5

Stamford B 0 Kesteven 2nd 1

Stamford A 3 Kesteven 2nd 2

KESTEVEN fielded two teams against arch-rivals Stamford but team one did not get the day off to the best of starts.

Four-nil down at half time, Ks improved after the break with Patrick Bishop and Tom Duncomb putting some steel in tackles, while Harry Burn and Josh Weir tested Stamford’s defence.

Team one’s second match couldn’t have been more different, with tries from Weir, Ted Morris and Bishop.

Team two enjoyed a confident, commanding victory in the first match, with good tackling from all the boys.

In the final match of the day, the first half went the home side’s way but Ks converted pressure into points after the break with Bob Singer and Jame Bishop levelling the score. Bishop denied Stamford a winner from a long solo run down the pitch, but Kesteven conceded a late try from a scrum to hand Stamford victory.

Team one: Jinks, Burn, Harris, Sacker, P. Bishop, Carrington, Duncomb, Morris, Weir.

Team two: Singer, Lyke, Solomon, J. Bishop, Shaw, Clink, Moore, Shennan, Pepper.

Under-8

Kesteven 4 Stamford 0

Stamford 5 Kesteven 4

Kesteven 5 Stamford 2

Stamford 3 Kesteven 2

Stamford 4 Kesteven 1

Stamford 5 Kesteven 3

Stamford 5 Kesteven 4

Stamford 4 Kesteven 3

KESTEVEN fielded two teams against Stamford’s on-form three and excellent tagging by Daniel Keenlyside and long runs by Isobel B. and Gareth L. resulted in some good tries.

Alfie S. and Geordie I. played some good teamwork, with Alfie setting Geordie up for a try and vice versa in the last game. Tom Helliwell and Daniel Brumhead played to a very high standard throughout the morning.

Tries were scored by Gareth Lee, Max Shippey, Henry Ing, Isobel Bullemont, Alfie Sanderson, Freddie, Geordie Irvine, Daniel Keenleyside, Tom Helliwell, Daniel Brumhead.

Under-7

KESTEVEN put out two teams, the Blacks and the Yellows, in their first match of the New Year at Stamford.

Stamford 3 Kesteven Blacks 2

Stamford 3 Kesteven Blacks 5

Stamford 4 Kesteven Blacks 5

All of Kesteven Blacks’ matches were closely fought, with some excellent tagging from both sides. Good strong runs led to tries from James, Jamie, Alfie and Lucas, with George proving to be too quick for the opposition and running in a number of tries.

Stamford 4 Kesteven Yellows 5

Stamford 4 Kesteven Yellows 4

Stamford 3 Kesteven Yellows 6

Another set of hard fought matches saw Kesteven Yellows rewarded with two wins and a draw.

Two tries run in early on from Luke got the team off to a good start. They all defended well with some excellent tagging.

Strong runs throughout the morning led to a number of tries from William with Rosie running in her first try during a match. Further accurate passing and strong runs led to tries from Matthew, Robert and Oliver.