With none of Lincoln’s senior sides in action at the weekend, the club’s youngsters took centre stage.
Lincoln Rugby Club’s Under-13s, 15s and 18s Girls played in a fun festival at Newark on Sunday. At Under-13 level Lincoln duo Olivia Speight and Lucy Bancroft buddied up with Kesteven’s squad.
The Under-15s buddied up with South Notts Sapphires’ team and enjoyed the day pitting their wits against Mansfield, Matlock and Kesteven. Although none of the games were won by Lincoln they still scored some excellent tries.
The Under-18s buddied up with Kesteven in an excellent day of rugby as they forged alliances with the only other Lincolnshire team present on the day.
Lincoln’s Colts (male Under-18s) have 45 players in their squad this season so have split into two teams – Reds and Greens. The two teams played a friendly match against each other on Sunday, which the Reds won 64-12.
Lincoln’s Under-15s produced a great team effort against a strong Scunthorpe side, but the result went against them in a 50-0 defeat.
It was a baptism of fire for the Under-13s, who also faced Scunthorpe, in their first game of the season which ended in a hard-fought 45-20 defeat. All the players showed spirit, including two new players in the Lincoln squad. Harry Money and Tyler Lynch were among the try scorers for Lincoln.
Over 150 Under-6s to Under-12s players enjoyed a training session over the weekend as Lincoln continues to nurture its next generation of rugby talent.
Lincoln’s senior sides will all be back playing again this weekend, including the 1st XV, who face a league trip to Loughborough on Saturday.
Lincoln Imps XV hosted the RAF Eagles in a match at Lincoln Rugby Club on Tuesday night, which they won 36-24. Before the match the players held a minute’s silence in memory of their colleague and friend Scott Stevenson, who died after playing in a recent match for the Royal Air Force.
Lincoln Imps XV and 3rd XV travel to face Nottingham Corsairs and West Bridgford respectively on Saturday. Lincoln Ladies host Kenilworth in a friendly on Sunday.
Former Lincoln player Will Scammell grabbed his first try for his new club as Scunthorpe’s 1st XV lost 48-24 away against Preston Grasshoppers.
Will Robinson, Ben McStay and Elliot Caunt scored Scunthorpe’s other tries, with Paul Cook kicking two conversions.
Market Rasen & Louth’s 1st XV were not in action at the weekend, but the 2nd XXV won 44-15 in a cup clash against Newark.
Stamford travelled to Mellish in the second round of the Intermediate Cup, but were on the wrong end of a 31-13 defeat.
Sam Hillary scored Stamford’s only try, with Ollie Johnson adding a conversion and a penalty. Harry Bentley also slotted over a penalty for the Lincolnshire side.
Kesteven’s 1st XV didn’t play at the weekend, but the 2nd XV claimed an emphatic 84-14 win over Newark’s third team, including hat-tricks for Jack Palin, Henry Parker and Jake Eagle.
In Midlands Four East (North), Jaron Cowern grabbed two tries as leaders Boston maintained their unbeaten start to the season in a 41-21 victory over Cleethorpes in what was a league and cup double header.
Matthew Deane, Harry Woods and Will Scupham also crossed for tries. Matt Bray kicked five conversions and two penalties.
Ollie Nance scored a try for Cleethorpes, who were also awarded a penalty try, and Harry Lightfoot kicked three penalties.
Boston’s 2nd XV narrowly lost 31-26 away against Nottingham Casuals’ third team. Boston’s John Hummel dedicated his try and three conversions in memory of his close friend Scott Stevenson who recently died.
Elsewhere in Midlands Four East (North), Danny Brown and Rob Booth crossed for two tries apiece as North Hykeham claimed a 59-5 home victory over Nottinghamians.
Euan Campbell, Tommy Jarvis, Mark Munton, Kyle Dowson and Jason Ward also scored tries for North Hykeham, with Booth adding seven conversions.
Gainsborough are also unbeaten after a comprehensive 71-7 home victory over Skegness, which included four first-half tries for Brad Beresford.
Tom Mell grabbed two tries and Richard Tomlinson, Charlie Beeney, Tudor Roberts, Ben Watson and Jonny Clayton each scored one.
Robbie Goodyear kicked converted eight of the tries. Colin Haigh scored Skegness’ try, which was converted by Connor Mawer.
Curtis Key, Harry Moffat and Dave Titmus all scored tries as Sleaford suffered a narrow 22-17 defeat at East Retford. Wayne Harley added one conversion.
In the Women’s NC 2 North (East), Sleaford Ladies sit top of the table after a 19-10 home victory over York RI. Elloise Messam, Sam Olliver and Sarah Taylor scored Sleaford’s tries, with Amy Woodford adding two conversions.
Scunthorpe Ladies beat Boston 17-14 thanks to tries from Arline Danby, Cassie Milestone and Trisa Roberts, with Mel Wright-Mahoney adding a conversion. Shannon Scoot and Lycia Elston scored Boston’s tries, which were both converted by Hannah Booth.
Lincoln’s home match against Hull Ionian Ladies on Sunday was called off by the opposition. Kesteven Ladies’ trip to Driffield was also postponed.