RUGBY: Kesteven win with equal highest ever score

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Midlands League 3

East (North)

Kesteven 112

Amber Valley 7

Kesteven equalled their highest score with a resounding win over Amber Valley – who were also their opponents last time Ks racked up 112 points.

Amber Valley kicked off but Kesteven were soon on the attack. Turner led the way in the early onslaught. His strong straight running caused the Amber Valley defence problems.

He opened the scoring himself with a try at the posts after three minutes. Then from the restart, he set off on another powerful run and put Jepson clear for a try, before he added his second when Will Cann and he supported a strong break by Goodrich.

The fourth and bonus point try was scored by Whittaker who used his pace to beat the defence out on the left. Cann converted three of the tries to take the score to 26-0 after only 14 minutes.

It was clear that Amber Valley had little to offer in defence and the scores kept coming. Phil Jordan was next on the score board when he picked a pass from Cann and sprinted in, before Webster finished off a strong run from Odams to go over.

The Amber Valley pack had one weapon at their disposal and managed to slow the ball down and contain the Kesteven side, however the home side did break out just before half time. Wood made ground to half way and put in a great cross kick for Cann to chase. The centre hacked on and ran on to score.

Then from the restart, Kesteven won the ball and ran left where Jordan was able to put Whittaker away for his second try, takiing the half time score to 41-0.

Kesteven scored five tries in the opening 10 minutes of the second half, firstly from Webster after a drive from a line-out, then Turner from a scrum pick up 30 metres out, Wood taking a pass from Turner, then Whittaker on a long run from deep in his own half, and a straight run from Goodrich. Cann converted all five.

The procession continued with Wood following up a kick ahead by Rupert Jordan. Goodrich added another try and Whittaker brought the 100 up with another trademark try when he collected the ball from Dingley 30 metres from his own line and outpaced the defence to score.

Amber Valley to their credit never gave up, despite the score, and were determined to restore some pride. On the few occasions their pack kept the ball, they were able to make progress and were justly rewarded with a try with 10 minutes left. This was sealed with a fine conversion.

Kesteven had the last word however as Goodrich and Cann added two more trues before the end.

It was an emphatic win and Dan Turner was rightly awarded man of the match for an outstanding powerful display.

Kesteven: Whittaker, Jepson, Cann, Goodrich, P. Jordan, Wood, Dingley, Odams, Sheardown, Purvis, Cowley, Pert, Webster, Lines, Turner. Reps: Osborne, Sayle, R. Jordan.

Notts Pennant League

Group 2

Notts Casuals 2nd 5

Kesteven 2nd 41

Saturday saw Kesteven’s ‘Dog Pack’ return to winning ways following the shock defeat to Notts Moderns and Sleaford’s no show last week.

With the club putting out three sides, it was a bare 15 men who travelled to Beeston. With Richard Midgley running late, Mark Dent was brought out of retirement.

Ks began brightly despite the setbacks and the first try soon came as hard running in midfield saw the ball deep in the Casuals half, and it was passed wide for Sammy Danford to score out wide.

Buoyed by this score, Ks looked to capitalise and were playing territory well with Parker and the unlikely Ian Charles kicking well to the corners. From a line-out, which was a bit of a lottery, Ks scored their second as Ollie Hanson was on hand to take ball and at least three defenders over the line with him.

Midgley has a habit of picking up unlikely tries and did so soon after he came on with the Casuals defence in disarray after a refereeing decision. They all stopped but Midgley did not, and gratefully walked over the line for the score under the posts, converted by Parker.

The Dog Pack were not finished yet and, wanting to finish the half on a high, it was wing man Charles who was the recipient of the scoring pass as great work from loose forwards Ed Cole and Sam Danford saw Aspinall release him for a score out wide.

Casuals came out with renewed vigour and, after a series of impressive pick and goes, were soon over the try line and celebrating what was to be their only meaningful visit to the Ks’ 22.

But Casuals were clearly optimistic that the comeback was on and pressed hard again until they were turned over in the visitors’ half. A quick counter saw Cole release winger Charles and, after he rounded his man, he put the gas on and sprinted 60 metres to score under the posts. Parker’s kick was good.

Casuals relented a little and next to score was Cole who cantered in from 15 metres after great work from Morgan and Parker saw Danford give the scoring pass.

The final score came from young Will Aspinall who had been unlucky on a few occasions not to have crossed the whitewash, but eventually found some space after a break by Dent set up position on the 22. Aspinall took the ball from Parker and found a gap in the Casuals centre for a well deserved try.

Kesteven: P. Dolan, Peabody, M. Clift-Hill M, A. Clift-Hill, Hanson, Armstrong, Danford, Cole, Morgan, Parker, Charles, Dent, Aspinall, Vincent, Ryder. Reps: Midgley.