Lincoln Rugby Club’s 2nd XV’s inability to make their chances count proved costly as they suffered a narrow 26-22 home defeat in a topsy-turvy game against Paviors.
Luke Brodrick, Eddy Jopling, Jake Keeton and Brad Nixon crossed for tries, with the latter adding one conversion at the match on Saturday, February 24.
Wasting some four on two opportunities and other attacks was decisive in a game that had looked there for the taking for Lincoln.
A loose pass saw Paviors open the scoring against the run of play as Richard Hatton raced clear for an interception try, which Seth Collis converted.
Lincoln levelled the scores midway through the first half when Nixon dodged past his man to dart in for a try.
The hosts added another try four minutes later when quick hands through the backs put Brodrick over for a try near the corner. Nixon added the extras.
Paviors took a narrow 14-12 lead in at the break as missed tackles allowed Chris Wood to run in for an easy try, which Collis converted.
The score swung back in Lincoln’s favour within nine minutes of the restart as Jopling ran in for his first try of the season.
Matt Radford and Alex Morgan both crossed for tries to put Paviors back in front, with Ellis adding one conversion.
Keeton powered through a few tackles on his way to scoring a try in the corner, but it was too little too late for Lincoln.
After the match 2nd XV coach Aaron Bird said: “We just didn’t play with our heads and take enough of our opportunities, but fair play to Paviors, they took their opportunities and points win prizes.”
The 3rd XV saw their match against Hykeham called off and return to action with a trip to Castle Donington on Saturday.
Lincoln Ladies return to league action with the visit of Coalville on Sunday.
OTHER RESULTS Elsewhere in the county Sleaford’s 1st XV suffered a narrow 22-15 league defeat at Buxton.