RUGBY: Kesteven cruise to victory in Shield

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Notts, Lincs & Derbys Shield

First round

Kesteven 50

Mellish 5

KESTEVEN welcomed Mellish to Woodnook on a fine Tuesday evening and produced their best display of the season in this rearranged NLD Shield match.

Kesteven’s team had an experimental look about it with Scott Odams and Dan Turner in the back row, but were pleased to welcome back skipper Nick Clarke and the experienced Chris Jinks to the side.

Turner enjoyed the freedom playing at number eight gave him and he was a huge influence on the match. He opened the scoring by somehow stealing possession on the touchline 30 metres out and racing in to score. Turner followed this up by latching on to a smart kick by Wood to go over for a second try.

From the kick-off, James Goodrich got possession and made for the line. He was stopped short but was able to feed the supporting Martyn Parker who scored. Ks took a quick line-out on half way and Dougie Hayward found the defence all at sea as he crossed over with a huge grin. Turner added the conversion.

Mellish contributed to the game by playing open rugby and got on the scoresheet when they robbed a Kesteven heel at a scrum to go over for their try. But Turner had the last word of the half when he finished off a flowing move to score at the posts. The cnversion made the score 31-5 at the break.

Mellish came back at Kesteven in the second half and pounded the home line but the defence held firm, even after Jinks was sent to the sin bin when the team conceded a number of penaltues in quick succession.

Ksteven kept trying to play expansive rugby and were rewarded with a penalty try when Turner was hauled down illegally with the line at his mercy. Parker added the goal points.

This seemed to finally break the spirit of Mellish and Kesteven poured through again with Turner making the break for Cooper to score. Cowley added the goal points before Turner brought proceedings to a close with his fourth try right at the end, giving Kesteven a memorable victory.

Kesteven: Cooper, Whittaker, P. Jordan, Goodrich, Charles, Parker, Wood, Davies, Hayward, Paton, N. Clarke, Cowley, Odams, Jinks, D. Turner. Reps: R. Jordan, Sayle, Pert.


Kesteven 3 Spalding 5

Kesteven 3 Spalding 5

Kesteven 2 Spalding 1

THE Black Army took on a well-drilled Spalding A-side, with Kesteven fielding two mixed-ability teams for the first two matches.

Ks’ Team One comprised Ted Morris, Will Shennan, Willoughby Jago, Bob Singer, Harvey Harris, Archie Lyle, William Spencer, James Morley and Joe Solomon. Harry Burn, Ben Jinks, Patrick Bishop, Oscar Clink, Josh Weir, Daniel Pepper, Sam Sacker, Tom Carrington and Ethan Pacey made up Team Two.

Team One took the field for the first half of the first game, which started scrappily. Spalding looked well organised and took advantage of a half-hearted Kesteven defence to score three times, while Bob Singer ran in the home side’s only try.

The second half started with Team Two shipping an early try. Things did improve, with tougher tackling, more organised attacks and two Bishop tries – though one was an individual effort. Spalding didn’t relax and scored again just before the whistle.

Team One began the second match brightly with Singer scoring from a well-worked scrum, then breaking a prolonged midfield deadlock with a second try. The visitors responded with two quick tries shortly before the half time whistle.

Team Two stood around while the visitors walked a soft try over after the restart. Despite some great performances, including a brilliant Bishop try, Spalding scored twice more.

For the final match, Kesteven put out an A-team of Josh Weir, Ted Morris, Oscar Clink, Will Shennan, Sam Sacker, Patrick Bishop, Joe Solomon, Bob Singer and Harry Burn.

Spalding knew they had a game, as Kesteven camped in the visitors’ half. Tackling was ferocious, passing the norm not the exception, and discipline excellent. With tries from Singer and Burn, it was a commanding performance – despite letting a consolation get past the defence.


Kesteven 14 Paviors 5

KESTEVEN started strongly, driving deep into the Paviors half and dominating possession.

Ks forwards were superb, winning every scrum and pushing Paviors off the ball several times.

Apart from a couple of minor incursions into the Ks half, Paviors were unable to gain any momentum and Kesteven camped out on the Paviors tryline. Just reward came when Devlin Archer scored but Ks should have put more points on the board when they had the chance. They crossed the line a second time but the ball was held up.

A more focused Paviors side took the field after the break and they got five points on the board. Consistent Ks pressure again pushed Paviors back and Thomas Edwards scored and converted his own try.

But basic handling errors meant that instead of converting some good back line play into a hatful of points, Ks had to make do with a score that looked a lot closer than the game played out.

Kesteven 14 Spalding 7

KESTEVEN faced a well organised and disciplined Spalding side in the second match with Kesteven slightly edging .

Jack Palin managed to engineer a try just seconds before the half time whistle. After the break, Spalding struck back immediately, with a hard break from the right wing ending in a try.

Kesteven then regrouped and Edwards scored, bringing the game to a tense finish after sustained Spalding pressure on the Ks line.

Kesteven: Archer, Brighten, J. Cole J, B. Cole, Cox, Crisp, Del Brocco, Dewar, Edwards, Fuller, Hodgson, Hughes, Jakes, Moth, Palin, Parr, Peters, Rogerson, Taylor, Wainwright, Young, Jonathan.


Oakham 5

Kesteven 57

PLAYED in terrible, rainy conditions, Kesteven travelled to Oakham and won the game in a convincing manner.

The game was played 14 against 14 and Ks were dominant in all areas and ran in 11 tries, four of which were scored by the fast-paced Ryder. The visitors were 25-0 up at half time and continued the onslaughter after the break for a storming victory.

Try scorers were Addlesee (3), Bloodworth, Cartwright, Grinney, Pirie and Ryder (4). Grinney kicked one conversion.

Kesteven: Addlesee, Aspinall, Bloodworth, Cartwright, Clark, Cole, Grinney, Goundry, Pepper, Pirie, Ryder, Sharp, Stewart, Taggart.