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NOV

KRFC NEWSLETTER

Sunday 30th Nov

The Under 13s have their final league game at the club on Sunday morning against Mellish. We are top of the league at the moment but have to win, to make sure of our place, in the Semi finals.

If you donít have anything better to do we would appreciate your support at the club for an 11 oíclock kick off.

Good luck lads from all at the club

SENIORS

KESTEVEN 2NDíS 46 Ė 0 STAMFORD COLLEGE OLD BOYS 1STíS

Kesteven 2nd string continued their rich vein of form with their eight consecutive victory on Saturday over local rivals from Stamford College Old Boys.

Despite facing one of the strongest opposition packs since their winning streak began Kís played an open expansive style to run in a total of 8 tries.

Scorers were Mark Dent x 2, Paul Shields, Justin Welham, Nick Clarke, Graham Smith, Mark Sayle jnr and Tony Burton. Matt Harland slotted 3 conversions to leave the final score at 46-0.

Next week the 2ndís face one of their toughest tests with an away trip to Worksop. With a number of regulars missing and call ups to the 1st team the squads strength in depth will be tested.

Team:

Shields, Welham, Bennett, Clarke, Brown, Smith J, Sayle jnr, Smith G, Oakes, Lamb, Burton, Dent, Windsor, Cooper, Harland. Reps, Smith T, Login, Price A

Saturday 22nd November

Friendly match

Kesteven 3rd 14 Melton Mowbray 4th 14

There was a chill wind blowing from the north along the pitch at Woodnook on Saturday as Kesteven welcomed their near neighbours from Melton.

Skipper Keiran Arnold took first use of the wind and the home side were quickly on the offensive. A long kick from Jordan Hughes, standing in at fly half took play right to the Melton line to set up the first attack. K's were using the ball well allowing their three-quarters space to run. First chance fell to Darren Blackley but he was tackled just short. He made no mistake a couple of minutes later when given space again. This time he rounded the defence to go over for the try which he also converted.

The Kesteven forwards were working well with Carl Foster and Jonny Korcz particularly prominent and were winning good ball. This led to the second try and the moment of the match when Darren Featherstone took the ball on the wing. He feinted to come inside, stood the full back up, and the went on the outside break to beat him all ends up and score a fine try. Blackley added the extra points.

K's could have put the game out of sight by half time had they taken the chances on offer. Dean Ward in particular was unlucky hot to score when he was stopped inches short. In the end Melton enjoyed a rare break out when their number 13, easily their best player broke through to score a try at the posts. The conversion narrowed the gap to 14 - 7 at half time.

The second half proved to be difficult for Kesteven with Melton mounting wave upon wave of attack. The home defence was resolute in their tackling and resisted all that was thrown at them. They were only able to get into the Melton half a couple of times but the strength of the wind forced them back.

It was going to take a flash of genius or a piece of luck to break the home defence and indeed that was what happened. Having defended for 39 minutes the home side were undone when the Melton number 13 (again) tried a speculative kick ahead. The luck fell his way when the kick rebounded off a Kesteven player into his hands and he had just enough to space to make the line. The conversion with almost the last kick tied the scores at 14 all.

On reflection the draw was a fair result but K's just about held out for the win.

There were some good performances from K's notably Featherstone and Dixon in the backs, with Hughes coping well in the unaccustomed position of fly half while Steve John caused his opposite number all sorts of problems at scrum half.

In the pack Jonny Korcz took most of the line out ball and those that he missed were snapped up by Stuart Bowles. Carl Foster had a storming game and coach Martin Steele brought his experience to bear to good effect. Marc Paton used the match to get some much needed game time and will have benefitted from the run.

Team was D Blackley; D Featherstone, D Roussel, P Dixon, D Ward; J Hughes, S John; K Arnold, R Dent, M Paton, M Steele, C Foster, S Bowles, J Korcz, J Kern Reps P Dolan, I Charles, S Cunningham .

This weekend

1st v Barton on Humber at home kick off 2-15

2nds away at Worksop

3rds at home to Horncastle

JUNIORS

No reports this week but please note the Under 13ís big game this weekend and get down there and support them!

NEWS

Just a reminder for everyone to visit the club website www.kestevenrfc.co.uk have a look at the latest news, reports and details on how you can support the club just by shopping on the web.

Christmas party on Saturday 13th December from 8pm until late, tickets and further information from Rupert Jordan.

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