Midlands League 3
ANY thoughts that good form shown by top-of-the-league Kesteven in recent weeks would lead to an easy game against old rivals Lincoln were soon dispelled.
Lincoln started strongly with their pack getting on top and soon opened the scoring from a penalty. They had further opportunities as Kesteven struggled to get to grips with the referee’s interpretation of the game.
The visiting backs had few chances to attack but Aaron Whittaker picked up one loose clearance and almost broke through, being stopped just five metres short. Keiran Taylor also went close before Ks were dealt a double blow just before the break.
Dan Turner was sent to the sin bin after a late tackle, and Lincoln took advantage to score a try with the last move of the half.
Kesteven’s first try finally came. A wobbly pass out was picked up by Goodrich on his own 10 metre line. He ran straight and true, taking responsibility to crash through for the try. This settled the visitors and they soon added to their score.
They were awarded a penalty 20 metres out in front of the posts and with the crowd calling for the kick at goal, Parker tapped and ran to keep the pressure on. From a scrum straight after, the ball was worked right then switched left for Cam Hudson to show a great turn of speed to score at the posts. Harland converted.
Lincoln were now suffering problems with discipline and Kesteven benefited with some good possession. This led to a third try which was scored by Goodrich who finished off a good move in the backs with a strong run.
Kesteven were on top now and Turner went close to adding a bonus point try. He ran strongly from his own half but his pass inside did not go to hand. Lincoln were unable to clear and Flear led a further charge to the line where Odams pounced on the ball to score.
This spurred Lincoln on and they started to move with greater pace and were rewarded with a fine try out wide. The conversion narrowed the gap to seven points.
From the restart, however, Lincoln fumbled the ball, were penalised and James Cowley reacted quicker than anyone to take a tap and run 40 metres to score. Harland finished the game with a successful conversion.
Kesteven: Whittaker, Taylor, Hudson, Goodrich, Hughes, Parker, Lines, Odams, Brown, Purvis, Pert, Cowley, Flear, Turner, Woolerton. Reps: Harland, Hanson, Webster.
KESTEVEN visited Paviors of Nottingham for their opening fixture of the season.
Their opponents, playing their fourth game, looked well-drilled and very capable. Kesteven, however, started the stronger and within the first few minutes debutant Harry Bartlett ran through a huge hole in the Paviors defence to open the scoring.
Continued pressure saw George Wainright tip-toe his way through the defence to score under the posts, leaving captain Freddie Young with an easy conversion. Half-way through the first half, the score was further increased by man-of-the-match Dan Brenton who pounced on a loose ball for a well-deserved try.
Kesteven’s large squad all had the opportunity to get some pitch time, but this slightly disrupted their shape and allowed Paviors to score a converted try of their own.
The final moments of the match saw pack leader Harry Cox lead the charge for the line, allowing Harvey Fuller to pick up and crash over under the posts. Freddie Young kicked the conversion.
Kesteven: Bartlett (1 try), Brenton (1), Brewis, Clark, B. Cole, J. Cole, Cox, Crisp, Del-Brocco, Edwards, Finley, Fuller (1), Hodgson, Hughes, Jakes, Kwasau, Lodge, Moth, Palin, Parr, Rogerson, Sheard, Spriggs, Tapson, Tapson, Wainwright, Young (2 conversions).