Deepings U12s put in an excellent performance at this weekend’s NLD qualifiers that saw them comfortably qualify for the Shield finals next year and only narrowly miss out on the Cup competition.
Drawn in a group of five teams, Deepings’ quickly got points on the board with a 2-1 win over Scunthorpe, thanks to two tries from Josh Lynch, then ran out 3-0 winners over Lincoln in game two thanks to tries from Alastair Jones, Matthew Lindlay and Bobby Pearce. The entire team played superbly in game two, with crunching tackles also notable from Riley Payne and Josh Lynch.
Deepings faced a tougher task in game three against Market Rasen. Fielding a physically strong team, Rasen dominated from the first whistle and ran out 5-1 victors, David Thomas scoring a late try for Deeping to avoid a whitewash.
By the time the final game against Spalding came around, the Deepings could only field 12 players following injuries to Bobby Pearce and George Robinson. Despite this, the boys were unlucky not to score early on after sustained pressure on the Spalding try line. The first half then looked to be ending scoreless, before Josh Lynch ran in for his third score of the day. Josh then topped off a well deserved win with a score after the break following a scrum.
Deepings U12 team: George Robinson, Mikey Rogers, Josh Lynch, Riley Payne, Adam Organ, David Thomas, Kyle and Tyler Widnall, Ben Rockcliffe, Matthew Lindlay, Anthony Thomas, Bobby Pearce, William Gaches, Alistair Jones.