Notts, Lincs, Derbys Shield Final
Kesteven seldom meet Newark in a league encounter but it is a local derby that is met with great relish.
Initial exchanges were a bit nervy with Kesteven slowly becoming accustomed to the pace of the Newark side. They defended well early on but after 13 minutes a penalty that failed to find touch was run back by the Newark back division who finished off with a good try.
A long kick through by Galloway, chased down by Whitaker, gave Kesteven their first bit of territory but they were unable to capitalise before Newark added to their tally with a second try, again from quick possession and a clean break by their centre to go over just to the left of the posts. This time the conversion was good.
Kesteven had the chance of a quick response but a penalty from Galloway hit the post and stayed out. Newark then had a bit of sustained pressure and after conceding a couple of penalties in quick succession Sam Durrance was yellow carded for a ruck offence on 30 minutes. Newark took advantage and added a third try shortly after.
Durrance returned just before the break and Kesteven responded with their best spell of the match. Newark were in trouble at the set scrums as the Kesteven pack dominated.
Three quick scrums all resulted in Newark in coughing up penalties as the Kesteven pack drove them over the line. The third time saw the referee award Kesteven a penalty try under the posts as Tony Woolerton grounded the ball. Galloway kicked the conversion to cut the deficit to 10 points.
The first score in the second half was always going to be important. Kesteven continued to put pressure on Newark but they were able to rescue possession with some great offloads and quick passing and scored a fourth try to extend the lead to 22- , followed shortly by their fifth to take the game away from Kesteven.
With 20 minutes left, Newark registered a sixth try to take the lead to 34-7. Kesteven did have some periods of pressure and had the Newark pack in trouble at times, but were unable to capitalise.
Newark had one player sin binned for a trip on Ingram but try as they might, Ks were unable to make the extra man count.
Newark put a seal on the proceedings with a final converted try.
Kesteven are from left, back – Sam Durrance, Chris Galloway, Will Young, Will Pert, Rob Cann, James Goodrich, Robert Sheardown, Alex Ingram, Gavin Purvis, Doug Hayward, Aaron Whitaker, coach Mark Sayle and Dan Turner; front – Tony Woolerton, Will Cann, Kieran Taylor, James Cowley, Adam Draper, captain Tom Webster, Scott Odams, Mark Sayle Jnr and coach Ian Payne.