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Your News Deepings 17 - Lincoln 31

In a break from the league, Linchfield Road played host to round two of the EDF Energy Senior Vase. Deepings had been drawn against Lincoln, who had to leave the safety of their hills in the North to play unknown territory in the South. Undaunted by the fact that Lincoln played in the league above, Deepings saw this as an opportunity to taste what next season might bring.

Opting to play with their backs to the sun in the first half Deepings took command. With strong forward work and probing runs from the backs Lincoln realised that this wasnt the game they thought it may have been. For all of the territory Deepings had in the first 10 to 15 minutes, points were slow to come by. Scrumages were frequent and slowed play down at times, stopping the Deepings style of flowing rugby from emerging. The Green Machines persistence eventually paid off though when centre Michael Wainwright set off on a trademark arching run round Lincolns winger and full back to touch down.

Rethinking their tactics Lincoln opted to move the ball away from their pack and use the speed from the wings and fullback to good effect. Stout defence and clearance kicks from Deepings back line kept Lincolns efforts at bay. Applying further pressure Lincoln gained the throw in at a line out, on Deepings 10 metre line. >From the line out, Lincoln unleashed a scissors move bringing their centre into play allowed the gain line to be broken. With the Deepings defence on the back foot Wainwright looked to have halted the advance but in the tackle a quick offload found another Lincoln back who crossed the line to score.

From the restart Deepings surged forward pinning Lincoln in their 22. Repeated runs lead to Lincoln giving away a penalty. A quick tap from second row, Matthew Johnson, drew the Lincoln defence before offloading to Andrew Stark, who then found Wainwright, who again outflanked the Lincoln defence. Nick Dobie converted securing another two points to make it 12 07 at half time.

After half time Deepings slipped into their traditional quiet period, from which they were awoken by a number 8 move down the blind side, putting Lincoln 14 12 up. The Deepings crowd urged for more knowing full well that there was still something in the bag.

What came next from Deepings was something that had been seen earlier in the season against Vauxhall Motors. Deepings forwards and backs linked perfectly, phase after phase gaining yard after yard. On the Lincoln 22 Hooker, Ali Shaw, found a gap, and with his pace he brought Deepings to 5 yards out, offloaded and found hat trick hero Wainwright, for his third try.

With 15 minutes left in the fixture and 17 14 down, Lincoln threw it all at Deepings. An off the ball incident gave Lincoln a penalty in front of the posts, which they converted and left Deepings with 14 men on the pitch at 17 points all.

With the prospect of extra time coming into play Deepings went for broke. With one man down and attacking hard they were stretched in defence when Lincoln got their hands on the ball. Within the last 5 minutes Lincoln killed off the game and progressed though to the next round.

Overall a learning experience for both teams, Deepings have had a taste of Midlands 3 rugby and Lincoln now know that a little town in South Lincolnshire isnt an easy place to come to.

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