RUGBY: Kesteven second string dominate at Newark

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Notts Pennant League

Group 2

Newark 2nd 19

Kesteven 2nd 31

THE score suggests a close-run match between two evenly matched sides – but the truth was somewhat different.

The sun shone at Newark on a calm, spring-like day as the home side kicked off. Kesteven received and proceeded up the field with a series of close work, pick and drives through the forwards. Newark did not see the ball in this spell and Jo Halusak finished it off with a try at the posts. Jones converted effortlessly to give the visitors an early seven-point lead.

This set the pattern for the half as Kesteven totally dominated play. Dent and Lidstone controlled the game well from half back, varying the game well with good breaks and intelligent kicks. The scores eventually came.

Lidstone made one superb break which just failed to bring a try but shortly after, Dent took a quick tap penalty deep in his own half and fed Lidstone. This time the young fly half carried on the break himself to score at the posts. Just before the break, Newark scrambled some ball out of their 22. Dent and Lidstone were trying to control the bouncing ball before the latter scooped it up and ghosted through the home defence without a hand being laid on him. Jones added both conversions to give Kesteven a 21-0 half time lead.

Ks started the second half again on the attack, keeping Newark pinned back for the most part. Simon Oakes rang the changes with Dovey coming on in the front row and Brown moving to the back row to replace Jinks. Oakes came on himself to replace Lidstone who retired injured and then Hamilton, Whatling and Rupert Jordan replaced Shields, Goodrich and Windsor.

The scoring dried up a little but the next try was technically the best of the lot. Dent broke from the base of a maul 30 metres out. Blackley came in from full back and fed Charles with a perfect pass for the wing to squeeze in at the corner.

Ks were coasting at 26-0 up with 15 minutes left. Newark had shown little in attack apart from their lively scrum half but they conjured up a try when they intercepted a pass in the Ks’ 22 to go over. Straight from the kick off, Newark returned the favour as Coghill intercepted a pass in the Newark 22 and found Hamilton in support for the try.

The soring flurry continued as Newark ran in two more converted tries before the final whistle.

Kesteven: Blackley, Charles, Goodrich, Jones, Windsor, Lidstone, Dent, Shields, Brown, Bennett, Coghill, Halusak, Jinks, Hughes, Pearsey. Reps: Dovey, Hamilton, Scott, Oakes, Jordan.