RUGBY: Win moves Kesteven up to second in league

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Midlands League 3

East (North)

Ashby 6

Kesteven 22

Kesteven travelled to Ashby to see who would end up second in the league table at the end of the day.

The home side came out of the blocks strongly, showing that they had a good strong forward pack that was capable of keeping the ball for multiple phases, time after time. Kesteven’s defence held up well, giving Ashby no line breaks or opportunities.

The referee, however, was very hot on his offside rulings and found Kesteven to be at fault a couple of times in the opening five minutes. One was converted with the other missed.

Kesteven started to settle into the game and get their hands on the ball. Holes were becoming apparent through the middle for the centres and also out wide when the opposition defence bit in too early. But it was through the pack that Kesteven made the most ground, a strong interplay between forwards and backs brought Ks up to the Ashby line. Kesteven drove hard twice before Turner went over the line from short range.

On the 20th minute, the ball broke loose for Adam Draper who rounded two men then straightened effectively and put Tweddle and Miles in for a two versus one. Tweddle made no mistake and gave a classy pass to give Miles a run in from 30m.

The home side were not done though, they regathered themselves and came back at Kesteven. Again the defence held firm, but another penalty was conceded which Ashby kicked to make the score 6-10 at half time.

The second half didn’t start well as Parker got yellow carded for a high tackle. Parker was a little unlucky as it was a case of mistaken identity, but the pivot took is medicine and departed the scene.

Ashby took heart with Ks down to 14 men and came hard in the face of the Kesteven defence. Kesteven wiped themselves down and regathered their composure.

With the sin bin clock drawing to an end, Kesteven took play all the way down to the other end of the pitch and orchestrated a fantastic score where forwards Sheardown and Turner opened a hole up in Ashby’s defence to send Turner over for his second try. This time the conversion was successful.

Parker was allowed back on to the pitch and Kesteven made their changes at this point. Davies came on for the injured Tweddle, Phil Jordan went onto the flank in the place of Leo Vincent and Ben Betts replaced the impressive Hughes on the wing.

Kesteven now had a firm grip on the game and felt fully in control. The home side’s attack seemed to lose heart.

The forwards redoubled their efforts and took a strong rolling maul from 20m out to score over the line at almost a run. Scott Odams was the man to take the try and seal victory.

Kesteven: Odams, Sheardown, Purvis, Tweddle, Cowley, Woolerton, Vincent, Turner, Dent, Parker, Miles, Goodrich, Berry, Hughes, Draper. Reps: Betts, Jordan, Davies.