Nottingham Boots Corsairs 30 - Newark 5
A dry bright, windy morning greeted the teams, on Sunday 25 October at Lady Bay. Luckily the ground had been softened by rain during the week. Newark had been beaten by Nottingham at the Kesteven festival three weeks ago and were hoping to even up the result.
Nottingham 30-5 Newark
Newark kicked off and were allowed, by a dosing Nottingham to catch their own ball, and run at Nottingham, which woke up the Nottingham players! Good forward pressure by the Nottingham, forwards allowed the ball to be played out to the wing for Charlie Fox to dash the last 10 yards and start the scoring off, with only 4 mins. played. Continued forward pressure allowed Gerard Milano to float through the Newark backs to score the second try for Nottingham in under 10 mins. Newark woke up and their forwards occupied the Nottingham players well for the rest of the half, however their sustained pressure was soaked up by the Nottingham score to leave the half time score two tries in Nottingham’s favour.
Nottingham came out and tried the same move that gave them the first try, but this time Charlie Fox got over the line to be held up by Newark. However sustained pressure from the forwards allowed Henry Mawhood to slip over the first of the Nottingham forward tries. Newark shored themselves up and finally managed to find a line through passing along to the wing to put it down in the corner. A lovely maul with Nottingham making sustained slow progress towards the Newark line, allowed Greg Ouseley to confuse the Newark back line having rolled off the side of the maul more than once to come back in through the gate, and found himself gifted the ball from Henry Mawhood who had taken it in and protected it as the maul progressed, to roll back off the maul straight past the waiting defence over the line for another fine forward try. Nottingham forwards were wearing out the Newark players allowing smart run by Christian Smith-Taylor to put the ball down for another try for Nottingham. Finally two more quick tries followed by Jack Weedon another Nottingham forward after continual sustained pressure by the forward pack.
Nottingham 'B' 5 – Newark 15
A beautiful late autumn morning at Lady Bay saw Nottingham “B” team play Newark. The first half was a very close affair with neither side able to establish any dominance and Newark leading at half-time as their continual forward pressure and superior physical presence resulted in their forwards scoring a try. Nottingham had some good runs – Joe Boutell especially had a good mazy run but unfortunately ran away from his supporting forwards and possession was lost.
In the second half Newark established a stronger presence through their forwards and their strong defence and Nottingham were less strong defence with continued missed tackles letting them down. Newark were able to run in two further tries with Nottingham responding with a forwards push-over try, scored by Sam Burrell. Nicky Kirkwood in the second half made some typically strong runs but Newark’s defence remained strong, keeping our backs out with ease.
A disappointing defeat for the B team after a good first half but they know that stronger tackling and more aggressive running will be called for in future games.
Oliver Bilous, Joe Boutell, Sam Burrell, Abe Chauhan, Conor Craven, Charles Denney,
Edward Denney, Jake Dodd, Nicky Kirkwood, Michael Lincoln, James Lord,
Toby Skidmore, Christian Smith-Taylor, Will Towers, Ben Upjohn, Will Taylor