RUGBY: Kesteven cruise through NLD Cup first round

Kesteven's Doug Hayward is given plenty of space by a West Bridgford opponent at Woodnook on Saturday. Photo: 440D
Kesteven's Doug Hayward is given plenty of space by a West Bridgford opponent at Woodnook on Saturday. Photo: 440D
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Notts, Lincs & Derbys Senior Cup

Kesteven 47

West Bridgford 19

Kesteven took just two minutes to open up their account. A break down the blindside from a scrum by Olly Wood drew his opposite man and allowed Dan Turner to thunder through the remaining Bridgford defence for the try, duly converted by Chris Galloway.

Play continued with Kesteven strong in both attack and defence but a few mistakes allowed West Bridgford to capitalise in the 15th minute with a break from their own 10 metre line to score a converted try.

Ks seemed to settle down after this wake-up call and after a few well worked phases, the forwards were able to rumble down the 15 metre line towards the West Bridgford try line. Wood got a clean pass away to Tony Woolerton from one of the rucks who in turn ploughed through the disjointed West Bridgford defence for Kesteven’s second try on the 20 minute mark.

The lead was extended when Wood put Ollie Hughes in for a try out on the right wing. The very reliable boot of Galloway secured the two points.

The next score again came from Kesteven with Will Cann making a darting run through the West Bridgford centres to successfully touch down just next to the posts for Galloway to convert.

The dying minutes of the first half saw Kieran Taylor make a charge down the wing and place a chip over his opposite number, which was gathered up by Galloway to score just under the post which was also successfully converted.

The second half opened in a similar fashion to the first with Cann once again breaking through the defence to put Ollie Hughes in for his second try. Following some excellent turnover ball from a ruck by Martin Carew, Taylor was released down his wing to score, with Galloway nailing the conversion to make it 47-7.

West Bridgford seemed to lift their tails at this point and placed the Kesteven side under pressure. The visiting side were rewarded with an unconverted try after their player/coach centre gathered the turnover ball from a ruck and made a run down the line.

The final score of the match came when West Bridgford spun the ball wide from a scrum for one of their centres to break the Kesteven back line and go under the posts for a converted try.

Notable performers were young Chris Galloway and man of the match Will Cann.

Kesteven: Sheardown, Hayward, Purvis, Cooke, Carew, Webster (c), Woolerton, Turner, Wood, Galloway, Cann, J. Hughes, Cooper, Taylor, O. Hughes. Reps: Odams, Pert, P. Jordan, Martin, Flear.