Will Scammell grabbed a hat-trick of tries as Lincoln’s 1st XV claimed an emphatic 54-27 victory over Southwell.
Before the match both sets of players held a minute’s silence to mark the four year anniversary of the death of Mike Beard (25.3.2015).
Lincoln opened the scoring after just three minutes when Scammell exchanged passes with Aiden Mason and ran in for a try, which Richie Dixon converted.
Southwell took the lead through tries from Phil Cureton and Tom Broughton, with Paul Rich adding one conversion.
Lewis Wilson powered through a few tackles to run in for a try, which Dixon converted to put Lincoln back in front.
Rich slotted over a penalty to swing the score back in Southwell’s favour, but three tries in the final 10 minutes of the half put Lincoln firmly on top.
Dixon offloaded for Jake Keeton to run in for a try before David Beveridge powered over the line to score. Dixon converted both tries.
A great break by Joe Moore set up Lincoln’s next score as he dodged past a few defenders before his long pass put Scammell over for a try, which Dixon converted.
Southwell reduced the deficit with a penalty try before Lincoln lost Grant Cowe to the sin bin shortly before half-time.
Lincoln increased their lead in the second half as Dixon dodged past his man before offloading for Josh Pratt to run in for a try. Dixon added the extras.
Great tackles by Moore and Laurence Few kept Southwell out before Lincoln added their seventh try. Moore beat several defenders, but pulled his hamstring during the run. However, he still managed produce a great offload to set up Scammell, who ran in to complete his hat-trick.
Lincoln completed their scoring when Scammell broke up field and set up Wilson, who offloaded for Few to run in for a try which Dixon converted.
The referee sustained an injury with around 13 minutes remaining but, after a delay, play resumed and Southwell crossed for a late try to secure a losing bonus point.
After the match hat-trick hero Scammell said: “We wanted to play a wide game and I think we did it pretty successfully. The wide game plan helped us exploit some space and I was fortunate enough to benefit from a few easy run ins.”
Matt Bulteel and Matt Walker crossed for two tries apiece as Lincoln Imps XV returned to winning ways with a 36-15 home victory over Southwell.
Eddy Jopling and Josh Brown each scored a try, with Luke Brodrick and Zeph Chapman adding the conversions.
Lincoln lost Tom Eggleston to injury after the youngster sustained a fractured jaw and two broken teeth and everyone at the club wishes him a speedy recovery.
After the match Lincoln Imps XV captain James Johnson said: “For 60 minutes of the match we were in complete control with some excellent runs in attack and great tackles in defence.”
Two tries from winger Olivia Smith helped Lincoln Ladies win their last away league game of the season in style with a 34-7 victory at Amber Valley.
Captain Clare Brown, Kellie Pyart and Bob Chapman crossed for a try apiece, with the latter adding three conversions. Chapman also slotted over Lincoln Ladies’ first ever successful penalty.
After the match Lincoln Ladies head coach Brian Kelly said: “The Ladies followed the game plan to the letter of the law.
“They didn’t panic and did everything that we asked them to do, which eventually broke Amber Valley down. The commitment and concentration was excellent and the tackling was amazing.”
Lincoln’s 1st and Imps XVs host Long Eaton on Saturday, while the third team travel to face East Retford. Lincoln Ladies host Amber Valley in their final league game of the season on Sunday.
Lincoln’s James Kirk was in international action over the weekend as he kicked three conversions and two penalties in Malta’s 37-10 win away against Cyprus. The win puts Malta top of the European Nations Cup South with one game to play.
Meanwhile, on Easter weekend Lincoln’s 2017 Colts will play their 2016 colleagues in a reunion game to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK. Lincoln’s 2019 Sportsman’s Dinner will be held on May 23 at the Bentley Hotel with key speaker Wayne Barnes. Email [email protected] to register interest and buy tickets.
Elsewhere in the county, leaders Scunthorpe beat Sheffield 32-21 in the Midlands Premier thanks to tries from Gareth Mist, Tom Foster, Jacob Hardy and Will Robinson. Paul Cook added three conversions and two penalties.
In Midlands Two East (North) Market Rasen & Louth’s clash with Ashby was postponed.
In Midlands Three East (South) Bourne lost 27-3 at leaders Northampton Casuals. Stamford lost 41-22 at St Neots.
In Midlands Three East North) Aaron Whittaker and James Goodrich grabbed two tries apiece as Kesteven beat Tupton 38-17. Henry Parker and Olie Hanson also scored tries with Ben Whinney adding four conversions. Kesteven’s 2nd XV beat Ashbourne 43-17.
A try from John Spencer was not enough to prevent Sleaford’s narrow 17-13 home defeat by Spalding. Dan Mackie added a conversion and two penalties.
Grimsby, who are third, moved level on points with second-placed East Retford after a 29-12 victory over their promotion rivals in Midlands Four East (North). Luke Chaplin, Jordan Carr, John Mansfield and Brad Treacher scored Grimsby’s tries with the latter adding two conversions. Nathan Watson kicked a conversion and a penalty.
A dramatic injury-time try from John Hummel helped Boston to a 22-21 victory in a tense encounter at North Hykeham.
Lewis Eldin and Harry Wood grabbed a try apiece for Boston with Matt Bray adding two conversions and a penalty.
Steve Fortune and Chris Kirkham scored the tries for North Hykeham with the latter adding one conversion and three penalties.
Kierron Smyth crossed for four tries as Gainsborough produced a superb performance to beat Worksop 63-14.
Matt Meadows scored two tries with Ben Watson, Daniel Chadwick and Jordan Beresford each grabbing one. Robbie Goodyear converted all nine tries.
Alex Nabais crossed for two tries as Cleethorpes beat Meden Vale 42-9. Captain Dan McDaid, Joe Barker, Isaac Machon and Mike Burton scored their other tries with Harry Lightfoot converting all six.
Nyle Chapman, Rowan Mason, Glenroy Stewart, Sam Lempard, Lewis Haigh and Rikki Bovey all scored tries as Skegness battled hard in a 44-38 defeat at Ollerton. Bovey added four conversions.