Lincoln Rugby Club began 2019 in style with three of their senior sides claiming victories at the weekend.
Lincoln’s 1st XV made it three wins in four matches with a 26-19 away victory at Matlock.
Lewis Wilson, Laguna Fisiihoi, player coach Will Oliver and Josh Pratt crossed for Lincoln’s tries, with Tom Challis and Richie Dixon adding the conversions.
Matlock crossed for a converted try before Lincoln levelled matters when Wilson bounced off his opposite man and ran 20 metres to score. Challis added the extras.
The hosts moved back in front with a converted try, but were dealt a blow when they were given a red card for an alleged deliberate stamp.
Lincoln were back on level terms within 16 minutes of the restart when quick hands from Oliver and Harry Cowles set up Joe Moore, who offloaded for man-of-the-match Fisiihoi to run in for a try, which Dixon converted.
Jack Miles offloaded for Oliver to dive over for a try as Lincoln took the lead after 67 minutes.
Lincoln increased their lead seven minutes from time when Will Scammell broke through the line following a scrum on halfway before getting tackled by the last defender on the 22.
Scammell then flicked the ball over his shoulder for Pratt to scoop it up off the floor and run in for a try, which Dixon converted. Matlock crossed for a late unconverted try late on, but Lincoln held on for victory.
After the match try scorer Wilson said: “The main positives were that we got the right people in the right places and played what (head coach) Rhauri wanted us to play. It’s a big win away and hopefully we can build it into some decent away form.”
A late try from Chris Smith secured a 17-12 home victory for Lincoln Imps XV against Matlock.
Matt Bulteel and Craig Richardson, who was later forced off injured, grabbed Lincoln’s other tries, with player manager Brad Nixon adding one conversion.
Nixon said: “It was a great effort from the lads. Everyone worked really hard, however three yellow cards could have swung the game in the other direction. But getting that win in the first game back from the Christmas break was just what we needed.”
Tries from Bob Chapman, Erika O’Brien and captain Clare Brown helped Lincoln Ladies to a 17-10 victory over Mellish.
After the match Lincoln Ladies head coach Brian Kelly said: “The girls have shown glimpses of this kind of performance all year, but never managed it for a full game.
“I couldn’t be prouder of them, they’ve finally realised how good they can be when they concentrate for the full match.”
Lincoln’s 1st XV and Imps XV both host Melbourne on Saturday, while the 3rd XV travel to face Southwell. Lincoln Ladies host Sleaford on Sunday.
OTHER RESULTS Elsewhere in the county, Scunthorpe claimed a 23-15 win at Derby in the Midlands Premier thanks to tries from Grant Elliott and Dave Garbutt. Paul Cook added three penalties and two conversions.
In Midlands Two East (North) Market Rasen & Louth suffered a 38-22 home defeat against Long Eaton. Spen Holvey crossed for two of Rasen’s tries, with Will Pridgeon and Jake Mckay grabbing one apiece. Tom Alldridge added one conversion.
In Midlands Three East (South) an all Lincolnshire clash ended with Stamford beating Bourne 34-14.
In Midlands Three East (North) Sleaford men’s first team beat Buxton 32-13. Shaun Fisher crossed for a hat-trick of tries with Cory Stobart and Rob Titmus grabbing one apiece. Daniel Mackie kicked two conversions and one penalty.
Sleaford ladies beat Scunthorpe 30-0 in a league and cup double header. Karolina Kacrikova crossed for a hat-trick, with Elloise Messam, Claire Beechey and Nicki Eden-Smith grabbing one try apiece.
Tries from Tom Webster and Adam Draper couldn’t prevent a 28-12 defeat at Rolls Royce for Kesteven’s mens first team. Spalding drew 10-10 against Belper.
Three tries in the opening four minutes helped Boston to an emphatic 87-5 home win over Worksop in Midlands Four East (North). Jaron Cowern crossed for four tries, with Charles Hughes and Matt Bray grabbing two apiece. Luke Fowler, Rob Borley, Michael Baldwin and Lewis Eldin also scored tries, with Bray converting all 12.
Grimsby beat North Hykeham 38-0 thanks to Lewis Newsum’s two tries and further scores from Luke Chaplin, Gareth Roberts and Kieran Thomas. Brad Treacher kicked five conversions and a penalty.
There was another all Lincolnshire clash as Cleethorpes beat Skegness 40-19 thanks to tries from captain Dan McDaid, Andy Shaw, Phill Stark, Isaac Machon, Joe Barker and Mike Burton. Harry Lightfoot added five conversions. Skegness’ tries were scored by captain Matthew Deane, Chris Wheeler and Jamie Cameron, with Rikki Bovey kicking two conversions.
Gainsborough suffered an agonising 26-25 home defeat against Nottinghamians. Matt Meadows, George Tooke and Phil Hunter scored Gainsborough’s tries. Robbie Goodyear kicked two conversions and two penalties.