Rugby Report: Lincoln club legend honoured in inaugural charity match

Over £400 was raised as Lincoln held the inaugural Tom Barton Challenge Shield to recognise the contributions of a club stalwart.

Chairman Tom Barton has been involved with the club, working tirelessly on and off the pitch to help Lincoln strive forward for over 40 years. The first of what will now be an annual event was held on Saturday, May 18.

Lincoln Rugby chairman Tom Barton (centre) with captains for the day Carl Leonard (left) and Peter Brooks (right). Photo: Katie Nesbitt

Harry Cowles trying to evade Martin Potter’s tackle during the charity match. Photo: Katie Nesbitt

The event was organised by Adam Kelleher, Aki Atkinson and Ady and Luke Brodrick to thank Tom for all his hard work for the club whilst raising money for the RAF Benevolent Fund.

It started with a match between Lincoln Ladies and Sleaford Ladies. Lincoln duo Lynne Brooker and Bob Chapman were among the try scorers in a win for Lincoln.Casey Archer scored Sleaford’s try.

Some of the Lincoln Ladies players with club chairman Tom Barton. Photo: Katie Nesbitt

Lincoln Ladies player Lynne Brooker, who was also celebrating her hen do, putting in a tackle against Sleaford. Photo: Katie Nesbitt

Match action from the charity game between Lincoln Ladies and Sleaford Ladies. Photo: Katie Nesbitt

More fun was had as Lincoln’s 3rd XV played out a 29-29 draw against a Comeback Coach’s side. Colts Captain Ben Crowe was among the try scorers for the 3rd XV.

The try scorers for the Comeback Coach’s included Euan Williams and Adam Whitwell. Whitwell and James Radcliffe were named as man-of-the-match for their respective sides.

James Radcliffe was named as man-of-the-match for Lincoln’s 3rd XV. Photo: Katie Nesbitt

Chris Smith trying to tackle Adam Whitwell, who was named as man-of-the-match for the Comeback Coach’s side. Photo: Katie Nesbitt

Adam Kelleher said: “It was a great day and I’m really pleased that everyone has come together for a fun event to support a worthy cause.

“The games were played in good spirit and I am looking forward to the coming years to the now annual event happening again.

Young centre Jack Miles in action during the charity match. Photo: Katie Nesbitt

“Honourable mentions go to Jake Keeton and Jim Calveley for dropping the ball over the line while showboating.”

Current and former players and club members came together for the event. Photo: Katie Nesbitt

Lincoln Rugby Club will host the end of season awards night for their senior sides on Saturday, May 25.

Lincoln Touch squad in Banbury. Photo: Emma Jorden

Meanwhile, Lincoln Touch competed in the second round of the England Touch national development series in Banbury. Lincoln progressed to the semi-finals after a 10-0 win over Derby.

Lincoln Touch, who wore their new kit sponsored by Lincolnshire Brewing Company, lost 3-2 against Thames Valley Vikings in the Plate semi-final.