RUGBY: Kesteven suffer loss at unbeaten Spalding

Scrum half Ken Lines goes to ground from a Kesteven scrum, while their number eight, Daniel Turner, races to support.
Scrum half Ken Lines goes to ground from a Kesteven scrum, while their number eight, Daniel Turner, races to support.
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Midlands League 2

East (North)

Spalding 31

Kesteven 8

Undefeated Spalding kicked off and took just two minutes to touch down for their first converted try, right under the posts.

After 22 minutes, Kesteven were awarded a penalty on the 10 metre line for a handling infringement and Will Cann opened Kesteven’s account to narrow the gap. An undeterred Spalding pretty much repeated their first converted try on three minutes later mark to make it 14-3.

With Cann sin-binned, the home side took advantage of 14-man Ks and added a third try.

A vast overlap eventually caught the attention of the attacking Kesteven side and several simple passes along the line found James Cowley out wide, who was able to easily touch down for Kesteven’s only try of the match.

Spalding started the second half in a similar fashion to the first and broke through poor Kesteven tackles to add a further seven points after just four minutes, making it 26-8 and securing their bonus point.

The home side chewed through the Kesteven defence for their fifth and last try of the match just before the hour mark. Kesteven’s man of the match was Daniel Turner.

Kesteven: Odams, Sheardown, Cowley, Pert, Carew, Webster (c), Sayle Jnr, Turner, Lines, Martin, Ingram, Cann, P. Jordan, Taylor, Whitaker; Reps: Purvis, Harland, Mrk Sayle Snr.


Kesteven 24

West Bridgford 10

Fletcher went over for Kesteven’s first try, with Grinney just missing the extra point.

Allen powered through for Ks’ second five-pointer to make it 10-0 at half time.

West Bridgford rallied after the break but Kesteven extended their lead with a Pirie try, successfully converted by Grinney.

The visitors hit back with two tries but Ks claimed a bonus point with another try from Bosworth to seal victory.

Kesteven: Adams, J. Addlesee, Allen, Bloodworth, Bosworth, Cartwright, Cole, Danford, Fay, Fletcher, Grinney, Peters, Pirie, Ryder, Shennan, Singer, Taggart, Taylor, White.


Kesteven 7

Cleethorpes 22

Kesteven conceded a try within the first minute and as the home pack struggled, Cleethorpes extended their lead with two more tries.

There were some positives for the home side in the second half, with excellent defending restricting the visitors to just one more try and conversion.

Offensively, Ks could not find a way through until Tom Miles ran on to a kick-through, chased and hacked on to touch down. Charlie Lyle’s conversion attempt was successful.


Lincoln 5

Kesteven 20

The deadlock was finally broken when ‘Smokin’ Joe’ picked up a loose ball from a ruck to outpace the Lincoln defence.

Strong running from Harry Cox led to superb hands which allowed Tom Edwards to dive in the corner to double Ks’ lead after the break.

Lincoln struck back with a try of their own, however, a perfectly timed pass from Devlin Archer from the back of a scrum allowed ‘Smokin’ Joe’ to dart over for his second of the match.

More great work at the ruck from the Ks pack allowed Lochlan Parr to produce a barnstorming run. The ball was recycled and Josh Kwasai sprinted 40 metres to go over for Kesteven’s fourth and final try.

Kesteven: Hodgson, T. Tapson, Peters, Fuller, Hughes, Taylor, Cox, Kwasai, Archer, Moth, Young, Spriggs, A. Tapson, Smokin’, Edwards, B. Cole, J. Cole, Parr, Brewis, Wainwright, Del Brocco, Rogerson, Brenton.


Kesteven 29

Derby 10

Pirie gave Kesteven an early lead when he broke blind and scored in the corner. Tom Casey added a second try and Ben Whinney kicked the two points to put Ks 12-0 up.

Some great work from Danny Moore and Sam Desmond allowed Pirie to score two more tries before half time.

Derby rallied and pulled back two tries to reduce the deficit.

A quick tap from Jack Eagle put Pirie away again to score in the corner and seal victory for Kesteven.

Kesteven: Addlesee, Archer, Bacon, Cant, Casey, Desmond, Donnelly, Eagle, Green, Kershaw, Lewicki, Moore, Norsworthy, Parker, Pirie, Scott, Shelbourn, Sweeney, Thomas, Whinney, Wright.


East Retford 6

Kesteven 11

Rain with gusty wind greeted the Kesteven at East Retford where an excellent game of committed rugby was took place, with the visitors coming out on top after the 50 minutes of play.

Thankyou to all the brave parents and players for making the effort this morning, in what turned into an excellent game of comitted rugby.

Tries came from Sam Gilbert, Rory Sheard, Sam Bullement, Alfie, Harry and Hugo. Passing moves were aplenty with good accuracy from all. Aaron, Ryan, Dominic, Harry and Aerienne put in some good tackles.