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Your News Belgrave 35 - Kesteven 7

On a warm sunny day, ideally suited for rugby Kesteven 1st XV, sponsored by MD Jewellers, arrived at Belgrave with a young squad full of confidence well lead by Andy Peabody. Kesteven kicked off uphill and immediately put Belgrave under pressure. In previous seasons Belgrave have put us under immense pressure up front, but this was certainly not the case this year. Marc " Pat" Paton and Paul Shields worked their socks off in the scrum, negating a very well drilled set of forwards. In the loose Jordan Hughes and Jon Kortz made a number of tenacious tackles. The Kesteven backs, were relatively inexperienced but rose to the challenge to the man. Rob Cooper and Ben Betts playing centre marshalled them and defensively the whole side were peerless.

After 20 mins Kesteven started to dominate the game putting pressure on Belgrave who started to make mistakes and our only try was scored by Halam O Brian who intercepted a Belgrave ball made a 60m run and scored under the posts. Danny Turner converted.

In the second half Belgrave increased the pressure and added more tries. Ben Betts was injured trying to stop one try scored by the home number 8, who used a vigorous hand off, bordering on the dangerous to score.

All in all a very good game and certainly the score line does not reflect the game itself. The Belgrave management team were very complimentary of the way that as a team we have improved since last season..

Saturday 20th Sept

Friendly match

Kesteven 2nds 17 Sleaford 2nds 22

Beautiful sunshine again welcomed the players to Woodnook on Saturday. Kesteven fielded a mixture of youth and experience and quickly took the game to their visitors. Fly half Dom Brister on his first outing of the season was full of running and posed the defence a few problems. Despite having most of the territory and possession K's couldn't get the ball over the line. Sleaford did make a couple of break outs and from one they were awarded a penalty try when their number 7 was judged to be the victim of a dangerous tackle just short of the line. The conversion gave the visitors a 7 - 0 lead after 15 minutes.

The Kesteven response was swift and Graham Smith stole line out ball to go over for the first try at Woodnook this season. This was followed by a piece of enterprise from Mark Dent who took a quick tap penalty on half way and sprinted over without a hand being laid on him. Both conversions failed and K's held a slender 10 - 7 lead. They extended this shortly before half time when Jason Lamb headed for the line. He was stopped just short but young Scott Adams was on hand to score. Douglas converted, but just on half time Sleaford scored their second converted try to cut the lead to 17 - 14.

Sleaford had the benefit of the slope in the second half and pressed hard. All they had to show for this was a penalty which tied the scores with 20 minutes left. K's took the game to Sleaford but a break by the Sleaford centre, their man of the match, in his own 22 led to a try at the other end when he evaded several tackles on his 75 metre run to the line.

This set up a grandstand finish with Kesteven spending the remaining 10 minutes in the Sleaford half. They got over the line twice but failed to ground the ball and were denied the scores that could have won the game.

It was good to see Jason Lamb, Graham Smith and Richard Midgley return while Mark Dent was a busy player either as centre or scrum half. Young Will Price continues to improve and Dean Ward will have gained huge confidence from his two fine runs at the end.

Squad was J Lamb; W Price, M Dent, Z Douglas, D Ward; D Brister, S Oakes (Capt); S Odams, J Welham, P Bennett; M Sayle, T Miles, J Smith, R Dolan, B Login, G Smith, N Hardy-Gillings, W Pert, R Midgley, C Jones


Due to a mix up the following report was left out of last weeks newsletter, apologies to those concerned and well done to the lads on their very creditable performance

Doncaster Tournament Sunday 14th September 2008.

Kesteven travelled on invitation to a Doncaster hosted tournament at the new Doncaster First Division ground. Kesteven managed to field sixteen players against academy squads mostly over 30 - 40 in strength. The majority of the squads were well drilled, almost military, in their outlook with the emphasis on winning at all costs. They took their rugby seriously, that is not to say that Kesteven didn't but we placed our emphasis on having a good day, avoiding injury and playing with a smile. If you don't treat it as a sport to enjoy then what is the point in playing.

The first game was against Old Brodleians (who's first team play in Yorkshire Div 1) who were from Halifax and play most of their rugby in Lancashire. They were a 'big' team but big is not always beautiful. They expected to beat Kesteven (as did all the teams) but were shocked at the power of our pack and the tenacity shown by all players. The tackles were plentiful and the backs moves were slick. To our surprise the game ended 0-0 and the team grew in confidence.

Second game saw Doncaster Knights (supposed B team and bigger than Old Brods) growling at Kesteven. They are a rugby academy who feed into the Doncaster National League Division 1 team. Doncaster were frothing at the mouth in anticipation of tearing Kesteven apart. However, Sam Thorburn scored a blinding try to put Kesteven in the lead. Although the final tournament buzzer sounded for end of game the referee played on for two extra Doncaster moves during which they scored with the last touch before the referee blew the final, final whistle. Kesteven had held Doncaster to a 5-5 draw.

Third game against Barnsley, (who's first team play in Yorkshire 3) was by now fairly straight forward with long periods of defence followed by periods of attack. Final result 0-0.

Fourth game was against Rotherham Titans (yet another academy team who's first team play in National 1). This team really were BIG, with beards and everything. The shouts during their match preparation had the Kesteven coaches and supporters running for cover. These were the strong favourites to win the event. Kesteven hit hard in the first few minutes upsetting the 'Titans' and causing confusion. When Matt Cooke crashed over for a try followed by a conversion by Michael Coghill their vast army of supporters and coaches fell silent. After the game which ended 7-0 to K's the coaches of Rotherham were the best of the day and were very complementary of the team and applauded the win. Jacob Fisher attempted a number of drop goals under pressure and although he missed the mark he was commended for trying moves not often seen at this age group and caused concern for Rotherham.

The final game was against Doncaster A (who looked remarkably like the Doncaster B team with some players having an identical DNA match). This was to be a very tough game. Michael Coghill secured three points which saw Kesteven through to victory as the tournament buzzer sounded for time. However, jinxed by Doncaster, the referee again allowed further moves which allowed Doncaster to score a try. The final score was 5-3 to Doncaster.

This meant that Kesteven (as runners-up) had the honour of playing Barnsley (tournament winners winning 4 and drawing to Kesteven) in a game of 7's at half-time (Rotherham v Doncaster) in front of a 3000 crowd. The crowd appreciated good rugby and as Sam Thornburn weaved his way through Barnsley to score a try the crowd were right behind him. Michael Coghill converted. Within minutes Captain, Dan Barker ran down the wing to the delights of the crowd for a second try. Barnsley came back with a try but it was too late. Kesteven 12 Barnsley 5.

People in the crowd had never heard of Kesteven, any many could not pronounce the name. But what they knew is that they had seen is a bunch of lads from a small town playing rugby with passion and with a constant smile on their faces.

Team :

Dan Barker (captain) Frankie Davies, Josh Pargin, Matt Cooke, Dan Sayer, Phil Bristow,

James Cowley, Matt Binder, Laurence Jackson (pack leader), Cameron Goodrich, Jacob Fisher, Sam Durrance, Will McVittie, Michael Coghill, Grant Ward and Sam Thornburn

Sunday 28th

Minis training Reminder that following week is our minis festival

u13's Newark A

u14's Chesterfield A

u15's Newark A

u16's Newark Home

u17's Training (match v Loughborough cancelled)

Catering by U 9's

Mark Sayle is prepared to run training courses at the club for minis and junior players over the coming half term week ( w/c Monday 20 October).

Details and cost will depend on amount of interest but the likely format will be 0900 ish to 1600 ish on the days that it runs.

If anyone is interested please either contact Mark Sayle direct (he will be at the club on Sunday 28th with the u16's) or email Ian Braybrook on

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