Eleven points from the boot of Richie Dixon helped Lincoln’s 1st XV bounce back to winnings ways with a 16-10 victory at Loughborough.
Lincoln opened the scoring when Dixon, who captained the side in the absence of injured centre Lewis Wilson, slotted over an early penalty.
Both teams were giving away too many penalties in the first half and Loughborough successfully kicked one over to level the score at 3-3 going in at the break.
Loughborough took the lead early in the second half when a maul, catch and drive put them over for a converted try.
Dixon slotted over two penalties before a try from Josh Pratt sealed Lincoln’s first league victory of the season.
With just a few minutes left Number Eight Grant Cowe bust a tackle and offloaded for Pratt to run in for his second try in as many league games.
Dixon slotted over the conversion and Lincoln, who host Market Rasen on Saturday, held on for victory.
After the match stand-in captain Dixon said: “The lads fronted up in defence for the full 80 minutes and contained Loughborough’s strong forwards. Out wide we were absolute mustard in comparison, but their scrambled defence made it difficult for us to convert territory into points.”
Match fitness proved decisive as Lincoln’s Imps XV lost 50-12 away against Nottingham Corsairs.
Captain Luke Brodrick drew in a defender before Kodi Strand hit a good line to go through two tackles for Lincoln’s only try of the first half.
Lincoln refused to give up and reduced the deficit when Brodrick intercepted the ball in the opposition 22 and ran in for the game’s final try, which player/manager Brad Nixon converted.
Lincoln Ladies put in a valiant performance despite a 17-0 home defeat against Kenilworth Ladies in the torrential rain at Longdales Park.
Lincoln’s Colts had a successful weekend with the Greens winning 78-0 at Hykeham, including a hat-trick of tries for Joe Cline.
Joe Connolly, Ben Ross and Jess Wright each grabbed two tries, with Lloyd Buck, Harry Attfield and Thomas Southall also getting their names on the scoresheet. Wright added nine conversions.
The Colts’ Reds team drew 17-17 at Newark, with Eren Hamilton, Ben Crowe and Ben Wootton all scoring tries. William Dark added one conversion.
Both of Lincoln’s Colts’ teams held a minute’s silence in honour of club stalwart John Bridle, who died last week.
Lincoln’s Under-13s Girls and Under-14s Boys are looking for new players. Training is held on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings in a fun and friendly atmosphere. No previous rugby experience is required and everyone is welcome.
In National Two (North) Scunthorpe suffered a 24-5 home defeat against Wharfedale, with their only try coming from James Walker.
Market Rasen & Louth claimed a comprehensive 48-8 home victory in their Midlands Two East (North) clash against Ilkeston. Jake McKay, Will Pridgeon, Chris Everton, Tom Stephens, Marius Berger, Josh White and Mike Starling all scored tries for the hosts, with Tom Alldridge adding one penalty and five conversions.
In Midlands Three East (South) Bourne thrashed Daventry 62-7, including four tries for Jamie Colangelo. Josh Lynch and Sam Thornburn crossed for two tries apiece while Sam Evison kicked eight conversions and two penalties.
Stamford came from eight points down to secure a 26-8 victory against Dunstablians. Captain Robbie Smith, James Stables, Gareth Ramsden and Bruce Parker all scored tries for Stamford, with Ollie Johnson kicking three conversions.
Spalding beat Huntington & District 29-12 thanks to tries from Ben Shields, Aaron Coupe, Willis Ingleby and George Brown. Conall Mason added one penalty and three conversions.
Grimsby maintained their unbeaten start to life in Midlands Three East (North) with a 21-7 home victory against Nottingham Moderns. Max Searby crossed for two tries and Luke Chaplin also got himself on the scoresheet, with Nathan Watson adding three conversions.
Dan Turner crossed for two tries as Kesteven beat Mellish 31-17. Ed Cole, Will Wood and Cam Bibby each scored a try and Martyn Parker kicked three conversions.
Unbeaten league leaders Boston made it four wins in as many games with a 14-7 home victory against Chesterfield Panthers in Midlands Four East (North).
Jack Stokes scored Boston’s only try of the match and Matt Bray kicked three penalties.
Sleaford ended second-placed Gainsborough’s unbeaten start to the season with a 29-10 home victory.
Curtis Key crossed for two tries for Sleaford, with Sam Harris and Adam Loveday also scoring for the hosts. Wayne Harley added three conversions and a penalty.
Ben Watson scored both of Gainsborough’s tries.
Cleethorpes won 38-12 at Amber Valley thanks to two tries from Alex Nabais. Dan McDaid, Isaac Machon, Andy Carruthers and Andy Shaw also grabbed tries for the Lincolnshire side, with Harry Lightfoot adding four conversions.
Kyle Dowson, Sam Cooke and Jason Ward all scored tries for North Hykeham, but it wasn’t enough to prevent their first league defeat of the season after a 30-19 loss at Ollerton. Mark Munton added two conversions.
There was also frustration for Skegness who suffered a 47-14 home defeat against Meden Vale. Chad Birch and Dan Halliday scored Skegness’ tries, which were both converted by Jamie Cameron.