Jake Keeton crossed for two tries as Lincoln’s 1st XV booked their place in the Lincolnshire County Cup Final with a 46-8 win at Bourne.
Bourne are one division below Lincoln, but it wasn’t evident in the early stages of the match as Sam Evison’s penalty put the hosts in front after just four minutes.
The hosts increased their lead three minutes later as Josh Lynch made a great break up field before offloading for Adam Binns to run in for a try.
Lincoln reduced the deficit to three points when Will Scammell offloaded to James Kirk who played a switch pass for Keeton to dive over for a try.
Lincoln edged in front when Kirk dummied a pass before beating his man to run in for a try.
The visitors added a further two tries to give them a commanding 22-8 lead going in at the break.
Scammell exchanged passes with Keeton before dodging and weaving his way through the Bourne defence to run in for a try.
A drive forward then put Lincoln over for the final try of the first half. Both Sam Cowles and captain Leigh Dearden got a hand on the ball before the latter was awarded the try, which Richie Dixon converted.
Lincoln put the result beyond doubt in the second half when Matt Walker danced his way over for a try, which Dixon converted.
Youngsters Kev Lock and Euan Williams came off the bench to make their first team debuts and it wasn’t long before Lincoln were in for their next try.
Another good passing move released Laurence Few, who ran at the defence before offloading for Keeton to go over for his second try.
Lincoln increased their lead when Sam Cowles showed great gas to run in for a try, which Kirk converted.
Prop David Beveridge produced great skill to beat his man and run in for a try near the corner to complete the scoring.
After the match Lincoln’s 1st XV captain Leigh Dearden said: “It was a good performance from the lads with pride for me only added to with the addition of two new players – Kev and Euan.
“They have already put a strong foothold in the Lincoln club and appreciated and displayed what it takes to play first team rugby.”
Getting to the 2019 final is all the more special for Lincoln as they are hosting this season’s event on Monday, May 6.
Lincoln will face Stamford, who claimed a 24-17 win over Scunthorpe’s 2nd XV in the other semi-final thanks to tries from Robbie Smith, Toby Anderson, Rees Burns and Joe McDonnell.
Will Harrison scored two tries for Scunthorpe with the other coming from Bram Hollingsworth.
Tries from Tom Dowdy and Ben Jones were not enough to prevent a 24-12 home defeat for Lincoln Imps XV against Paviors.
After the match try scorer Dowdy said: “It was a hard fought game with cracking heart from the team playing right to the final whistle.
“The team remained composed throughout with strong discipline in the pack putting us on the front foot and giving the backs space to punch holes in the Paviors back line.”
Lincoln Ladies pushed leaders Coalville all the way in a battling 26-0 defeat which saw the visitors seal the league title.
The match was a lot closer than the score suggests with Lincoln piling pressure on their Leicestershire opponents in what head coach Brian Kelly described as a “phenomenal effort”.
After the match Kelly said: “We met top of the league and they said it was the best rugby they have faced all season.
“We pushed as hard as we could, but couldn’t convert the pressure into points. It was a phenomenal effort from the girls.”
Lincoln’s 1st XV return to league action with the visit of Southwell on Saturday. Lincoln Imps XV and 3rd XV will host Southwell and Cresswell Crusaders respectively. Lincoln Ladies travel to Amber Valley on Sunday.
Lincoln Touch are looking to recruit new members. Skills and drills take place at Lincoln Rugby Club on Tuesday nights from 7pm-8pm. Social touch then follows 8pm-9pm for any genders and ages 15 to 99. No rugby experience is required.
Elsewhere in the county, Richard Bevan crossed for a hat-trick of tries as North Hykeham booked their place in the final of the Lincolnshire Intermediate Cup with a 78-3 win over Barton & District.
Stephen Parker, Chris Kirkham and Jordan Jolley grabbed two tries apiece while Rob Booth, James Dickinson and Danny Brown each scored one. Kirkham also kicked nine conversions.
North Hykeham will face Grimsby in the final, which will be played at Lincoln Rugby Club on May 6.
Player of the match Lycia Elston crossed for two tries as Boston Ladies beat Grimsby 45-5. Hannah Booth also scored two tries with Charlize Arundell, Kari Cotton-Betteridge, Mollie Smith, Kyra Balderstone and Katy Carr each scoring one.