Discipline and not keeping hold of the ball in the opposition 22 proved costly as Lincoln Rugby Club’s 2nd XV suffered a 19-3 defeat at high-flying Sutton Bonington.
Lincoln started the game strongly and Richie Dixon slotted over a penalty to give the visitors a 3-0 lead, but losing players to injury and the sin bin and having no substitutes proved decisive as Sutton Bonington hit back with 19 unanswered points.
After the match 2nd XV captain Rob Filmer said: “Despite the loss the team fought hard throughout the entire game. Defence was exceptional from all considering we were down to 12 players at one point.
“Discipline and not keeping hold of the ball in their 22 cost us and opportunities were not exploited. However, all the players gave it their all which was great to see.”
Chris Smith’s try was not enough to prevent Lincoln’s 3rd XV from a 24-7 home defeat against Chesterfield in snowy conditions.
The hooker received a pass from Alex Taylor in the first half before running through two tackles and stepping the full-back to go over for a try. Brad Nixon successfully slotted over the conversion.
After the match 3rd XV captain Adam Kelleher said: “It was a good performance in terrible conditions against a bigger more experienced pack.”
Lincoln’s first team return to action with a trip to Dronfield on Saturday and captain Will Scammell is relishing the return to action.
“The lads are all looking forward to getting back out on the pitch after a long period without a game,” said Will. “The end of the season is fast approaching and we need to have a good last five games to finish in the top half of the league.
“This all starts in Dronfield where we will hope to repeat our home success against a strong Dronfield team.”
Lincoln Ladies return to action on Sunday with the re-arranged visit of Scunthorpe.
Other results: Elsewhere in the county Market Rasen & Louth lost 75-14 at Kettering in Midlands One East. In Midlands Two East (South) Stamford suffered a narrow 27-24 home defeat against Market Bosworth. In Midlands Three East (North) Sleaford claimed a 70-5 home win over Sileby Town. Skegness lost 40-5 at Ashfield in Midlands Four East (North). Bourne came unstuck at the last hurdle after losing the RFU Midlands Junior Vase final 27-13 against Eccleshall.