RUGBY: Victors Kesteven take early lead

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Midlands League 3 East (North)

Kesteven 18

Kesteven's Tony Woolerton steamrollers his way through the Panthers. Photo: Toby Roberts

Kesteven's Tony Woolerton steamrollers his way through the Panthers. Photo: Toby Roberts

Chesterfield Panthers 0

Kesteven were quick out of the blocks and took the game to the visitors

Ks welcomed back several of their regulars in a strong side and were soon on the attack, taking the lead after only three minutes when Will Cann popped over an early penalty.

They spent the next part of the half on the attack, spinning the ball wide at every opportunity. Keiran Taylor went close with some strong running, but it took a further quarter of an hour before they added to their score.

Olly Wood found the corner with a good touch-finder. Turner won clean ball and after a couple of drives for the line, Adam Draper collected the ball to go over for the opening try. Cann converted to open up a 10 point lead.

Chesterfield had a couple of opportunities to get on the scoresheet but both penalty attempts went wide.

Kesteven, through the dominance of their pack, continued to run the game through some strong running from Goodrich and Turner, but were unable to add to their tally before the break.

In the second half, the home team wasted no time in increasing their score. Chesterfield were again forced into desperate defending and they conceded another penalty in front of the posts. Cann kicked the goal.

Chesterfield now got into the game and had some good territory, however they did not look like threatening the home line as Kesteven defended well.

It took a special moment to finish off the game. Cann gained possession midway in the Chesterfield half and set off on a mazy run which saw him carve his way to the line for a fine try. His conversion attempt hit the post but the score gave Kesteven a comportable cushion of an 18 point lead with 10 minutes remaining.

Kesteven were unfortunate to lose man-of-the-match James Goodrich with a bad head injury which took the shine off a fine performance.

Kesteven: Whittaker, Young, Cann, Goodrich, Taylor, Wood, Draper, Odams, Sheardown, Purvis, Pert, Cowley, Webster, Turner, Woolerton. Reps: Armstrong, Osborne, Windsor.