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Your News Southwell 13 - Kesteven 27 (including junior round up)

The pitch at Southwell survived the frost and the game went ahead.

Kesteven kicked off but it was Southwell who had the early pressure. They were helped by some indiscipline by the Kesteven side who conceded a number of penalties. This made life difficult for themselves and eventually they paid the price as Southwell kicked one goal to take a 3 - 0 lead after 30 minutes. The Kesteven response was swift as Southwell conceded a free kick from a scrum. Dent took a quick tap and fed Turner who forced his way over for the try which he converted. Southwell reacted to this reverse with a try of their own. A loose lineout throw was stolen by the Southwell back row and the home pack were able to go over for a try in the corner. The conversion from the touchline was successful and the home side turned round with a 10 - 7 lead.

Kesteven started the second half with a bang and Turner had three long rane penalties in quick succession but all were narrowily missed. Kesteven had all the possession but were unable to make the breakthrough. Eventually pressure told and Tony Woolerton was the difference. He picked up a loose ball 30 metres out and used his strength to run straight at the defence to score. The conversoin failed but Kesteven had a 2 point lead with 15 minutes left. It was Southwell's turn to be stung into action and they took the lead with a penalty with 10 minutes left. The lead was to change hands for a final time as Kesteven again forced play into the home 22 and Turner squeezed a penalty just inside the post. This spurred the visitors onto greater things. Turner fielded the restart and made a clean break from his own 22 before being stopped some 10 metres short of the line. The position created space for the next try when Chris Jinks made a storming run to the line. Although Turner missed the conversion he made amends 2 minurtes later when he broke through in midfield to go over near the post. The conversion made the final score Southwell 13 Kesteven 27

This performance highlighted the progress made by Kesteven this season. The defence made sure that Southwell, despite haing a lot of possession in the first half were rerstricted to just one try, while the fitness in the final 15 minutes took the match away from the home side. Once again Turner gave a superb performance. One doesn't often see a stand off make an outside break from set play and score at any level of the game. Turner does it week in, week out. He is helped by Dent who varies his game well and takes pressure off the young fly half. Elsewhere in the backs Phil Jordan gave his usual all action display while Pete Dixon at full back was lively. In the pack Jinks was outstanding, finishing very strongly. Brown is a very alert forward whose handling is superb and Clarke and Peabody were very busy in clearing up in broken play.

Next week Kesteven travel to Grimsby in the Lincolnshire Cup looking for a rtepeat of their win last month.

Kesteven 2nds v Southwell 2nds was called off due to a frozen pitch.


This was Ks first match of 2009, which should have included Oundle who cried off leaving Spalding to take on The Junior Black Army.

So, on a bitter cold day with a strong wind, four fifteen minute matches were played, which allowed all the players to have a good run-out.

With all the parents wrapped up well to protect against the dreaded Woodnook weather, it looked like Darth Vader had turned up to see the game. On closer inspection it turned out to be Andy Cartwrights Mum Nicola, who was well wrapped up & taking no chances!

Ks kicked off the game with the wind on their backs, and almost immediately scored from the kick off. A strong start to the game from Ks saw the visitors on the back foot with the forwards exerting pressure on the Spalding defence. Eventually the pressure became too much & Chunky went over for his and the first try of the game following some good passing movements from Ks. The conversion was narrowly missed.

5-0, Ks scored straight away again from the kick off, a good collection from Ks passing the ball around well allowed Chunky to get his second try, which he converted as well.

12-0 up within the first few minutes, Ks again piled on the pressure, Hugo Barker & Chunky very nearly getting through the defence, only to be held up on the line. When Spalding did attempt to clear their lines by running with the ball, old faithful Sam Danford was there to stop any further progress with some great tackles.

A loose ball gave Phil Fletcher the opportunity to run at the Spalding defence, passing at the right moment to Chunky who went over for a first half hatrick. Chunky converted; the whistle blew for the end of the first quarter, with a very happy Ks & Chunky leading 19-0.

Phil Fletcher started the second half with a low kick into the Spalding backs, which was returned into Ks 22. From the line out, which Ks won, they were unable to clear their lines. Following this messy encounter, Spalding gained the initiative and charged the Ks defence scoring a try. The conversion missed, Ks kicked off, a miss-kick from Spalding led to a lineout, and with Ks driving well a try looked imminent only for a stout physical Spalding defence to stand firm. Ks had several players attempting to break through their lines, Connor Stewart nearly made it along with Alex Harrod.

The rest of this quarter saw mainly line outs and scrums, two of which Spalding had the shove on Ks!!

Spalding very nearly scored a second try at the last play, sneaking down the blind side from a scrum, only to be pushed into touch

The quarter saw Spalding the victors 5-0, overall the score from the two quarters was 19-5.

Spalding kicked off the proceedings for the third quarter against the wind, Ks knocking on giving Spalding an in at the scrum. An always opportunist player, Phil Fletcher ripped the ball away from a good passing move from Spalding & sprinted nearly the full length of the pitch touching down in the corner for the Ks fourth try. Chunky converting to give Ks an overall lead of 26-5.

A lot of teams would have their heads down at this stage, but Spalding continued to make a good game of it, with some physical pressure and threatening runs which tested the Ks defence.

Andy Cartwright was unlucky not to have gone over for another try, only to be denied right on the line by some great defensive work from Spalding.

A great solo charge at the end of play from a Spalding back very nearly equalled the score; again some hard tackling from Ks denied them the opportunity.

Ks were the third quarter victors & lead overall 26-5.

The fourth quarter saw Spalding attempting to claw back the points difference.

Ks kicked off into the wind, Spalding returning the ball into a solid Ks defence. Ks were tackling extremely well, preventing Spalding from scoring any further tries, however it took its toll & several Ks players were injured.

The boys must be getting bigger & stronger now as a scrum collapsed, leaving bodies everywhere, concerned Parents breathed a sigh of relief as all managed to pick themselves up & carry on. No doubt there would be a few sore necks that night.

The injuries to players prevented any real play this quarter from Ks, who were on the back foot this time as Spalding searched for a further try.

Spalding were bundled into touch, the final whistle blew confirming Ks winners 26-5.

The matches were very entertaining, and all credit should be given to Spalding who came to Woodnook & gave Ks a very tough match, which was much needed after the Festive break.

Ben Addlesee, Josh Allen, Phil Fletcher & Chunky controlled the middle of the park with great enthusiasm.

The scrum halves Harvey Cummings & Hugo Barker having a good game, linking well with the backs.

Dan Fay & Connor Stewart the wingers making some good runs and preventing any cheeky Spalding moves down the blind sides.

A very cold looking Will Aspinal & Andy Cartwright as full backs made some very impressive last minute tackles.

Ed Cole, Alex Harrod, Joseph Rayson along with Nathan Peters, Joseph Ryder, Dan Singer & Adam Sharpe performed extremely well as forwards.

All the coaches agreed that this was a great performance & it was good to see Ks getting into the game from the start.

With Lincoln next in the firing line next week, all looks good for the NLD qualifiers in March.

The squad:

Ben Addlesee, Josh Allen, Will Aspinal, Hugo Barker, Ed Bloodworth Andy Cartwright, Ed Cole, Harvey Cummings , Sam Danford, Dan Fay, Phil Fletcher, Alex Harrod, Nathan Peters, Joseph Rayson, Joseph Ryder, Daniel Singer, Adam Sharpe, Jack Shennan, Connor Stewart,

Coaches: Mark, Andy, Richard

Mark officiated also.

Under 10 v Spalding

kESTEVEN 5 Spalding 15

KESTEVEN 5 Spalding 30

KESTEVEN 30 Spalding 0

Spalding visited the Nook on Sunday and had three bruising games.

Disappointingly Oundle thought the pitch would be frozen and decided not to come.

Ks started well enough but were in somewhat awe of Spalding who had several very large players.

Tackling was fine without being dominant and allowed Spalding to gain confidence in moving the

ball slowly up the pitch.

Twice in the first half Spalding's efforts were rewarded with the ball moving out to a tall centre who went in the

corner. Kesteven as normal started only to play in the second half and matched Spalding in aggression,

rucking and mauling. Lampard forced the ball over for Kesteven's first try of the game and the year.

Kesteven pushed for an equaliser but a late try flattered Spalding as they ran out 15-5 winners.

The second game started well enough with Kesteven levelling quickly from an early Spalding try

but their inability to get the ball out to the wings failed to give them a good first half lead

and they let in a late try before half time.

More inexperienced players played the second half and unfortunately let in 4 unanswered tries.

The Jekyll and Hyde nature of the Under 10s was highlighted by the third game. Whether Spalding were

pleased with the day's work or Ks finally got their blood up but the Under 10s ran riot in the last game quickly

establishing a 15-0 half time lead through Smith, Law and Udom. The second half was all in Spalding's half and

Udom, Lampard and a final running try from the line-out by Lawrie-Marshall completed a fine victory.

Special note should go to the pack of Carter, Taylor and Kearsey who won the majority of scrums

and nearly all lineouts against some very big lads.






Kesteven U-11s Match Report 11/1

Kesteven 0 Spalding 30

Kesteven 0 Spalding 60

Kesteven battled hard but were always on the back foot against strong and committed opposition.Despite the size disadvantage, Ks scrum held up well and Ali Campbell was impressive in his first start at scrum half, tackling ferociously.

Fly half James Moody ran the ball with purpose but Spaldings tenacious defence largely smothered Ks attacks on the gain line and restricting try scoring opportunities.

Kesteven:Lyle,Riecker,Loveday,Campbell,Bower,Attrill,Wright Mellors,



Newark 5 Kesteven 7.

Colts continued their unbeaten run now stretching back 15 mths.

Playing with the wind in the first half K's soon opened their account with a well taken try by Scott Odams brilliantly converted from the touch line by Zak Douglas. Further scores looked certain but a match always having the edge of a local derby erupted into a touch of the hand bags, unfortunately this led to K's being deprived of their number ten, a great loss as it took a while for the threequarters to readjust. This coupled with some fine driving play by Newark, and an unfortunate sin binning to the k's number 9 meant their lead was only 7-0 at half time.

In the second-half the inability of k's to break out of their twenty two due to poor support play and careless kicking was made up for by stupendous defence, restricting Newark to an unconverted try 15mins from the end. This was the catalyst K's needed and they finally got their game together ending the match in the ascendancy.

This team can scrap for a victory with the best, and given the right conditions can play expansive attractive rugby.

Team: Scott Odams, Lewis Morley, Dave Tweddle, Chris Braybrook, Mark Sayle, Jack Gordon, Jon Thornton, Gary Thornton, Mikkel Andressen, Rob Cann, Dan Turner, Adam Draper, Curtis Dingley, Zak Douglas, Jake Douglas, Jack Berry, Will Holley, Aaron Whittaker, Tom Corradine, Mike Barney, Justin Dingley

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