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Kesteven secured their League 4 status with an emphatic win against bottom club Castle Donnington.

Kesteven entered the match knowing they had to win to be sure, without waiting for other results. They took the field witha side nearly at full strength and got off to the best possible start. The visitors knocked on from the kick off. Dan Turner broke from the base of the scrum to dance over for the opening try with just a minute gone. K's had the wind at their backs and used it well to keep CD pinned in their half. The second try was an illustration of the side playing to its strengths. Dan Turner scooped up a loose ball and released Rupert Jordan on the wing. The younger Jordan needed no second invitation as he screamed past his opposite number to go over in the corner. He had the good sense to run round behind the posts to make the conversion by Brister a formality and Brister followed up with the third try a few moments later. K's lost the power of Tyrone Mlies who limped off with a calf injury after 10 minutes, to be repalced by Tony Smith.

Kesteven were now dominating the game and the running of the backs caused alarm bells in the visitors defence. Rob Cooper got over but was called back for a forward pass but the next score was not long delayed and it was no surprise when Rupert Jordan came off his wing to run in under the posts leaving would be tacklers in his wake. This was followed by a typical try by Tony Woolerton on the right wing who stormed up the touchline to score, then Andy Peabody broke away from a maul 40 metres out to race awy for a try under the posts. Brister added two conversions to make the score at half time 36 - 0.

Fcaing the wind in the second half K's klnew they had to keep the ball in hand and not give away penalties and position. Castle Donnington did try but were unable to keep possession for long enough to cause any trouble. K's resumed their scoring when Max Haddad broke through for the first try of the half. This was followed by a brace from Phil Jordan and the scoring was rounded off with three tries in the last 10 minutes by Richard Dolan, who had come on for Andy Peabody, then Martyn Parker and finally Max Haddad had the last word with a try in the last minute. Dom Brister converted four of the second half tries to bring the final score to 74 - 0.

As the score suggests it was a comfortable win by Kesteven, all the better by the execution of the moves. As well as scoring 12 tries they missed a few more. Having survived this year the youth coming through augers well for the future. Of this side Turner was again outstanding while the experience of Parker at standoff made sure that the quality in the three quarters was put to good effect.

In the pack the back row of Haddad, Peabody and Hayward was terrific in securing ball, while James Kmieciak and Paul Shields puting some powerful runs. A special word too for Pete Dolan, the only player to play in every 1st team match this season.

Next week the club go on a well earned tour to Blyth, before the annual President's match on Sunday 4th May.

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