Rugby Report: Mixed results for Lincoln’s senior sides

Lincoln suffered more frustration on the road as two tries from Will Nash put them on the wrong end of a 27-10 defeat at Ashbourne.

Ashbourne raced into a 10-0 lead after well-worked chip and chase moves set up unconverted tries for Nash and Jonny Riley.

Jonny Riley trying to shrug of a tackle from Lincoln. Photo: Michael Hope-Smith

Lincoln reduced the deficit when Richie Dixon slotted over a penalty, but Ashbourne regained control when an interception try from Nash, along with Riley’s conversion, gave them a 17-3 lead going in at the break.

Ashbourne increased their lead in the second half when a move out on the left created an overlap for Ollie Ruddock to cross for a try.

Ashbourne Number Eight Michael Allen running through the Lincoln defence. Photo: Michael Hope-Smith

Lincoln centre Jack Kinsey stopping an Ashbourne attack. Photo: Michael Hope-Smith

Riley added a conversion before kicking a penalty to give Ashbourne a 24-point lead.

Lincoln refused to give up and reduced the deficit when a quickly taken penalty from Zeph Chapman caught the home defence napping.

Lincoln captain Lewis Wilson and Ben Sykes tackling Ashbourne centre Richard Smith. Photo: Michael Hope-Smith

Chapman then offloaded the ball to Ben Sykes, who ran straight through the Ashbourne defender to go over for a try, which Dixon converted.

Although it was a frustrating result for Lincoln, there were some positives with a man-of-the-match performance from Ollie Halligan and a strong return for centre Jack Kinsey.

Ashbourne try scorer Jonny Riley caused Lincoln several problems during the match. Photo: Michael Hope-Smith

After the match Lincoln’s 1st XV captain Lewis Wilson said: “I would say that we got caught up in a scrappy game. It was great to see Jack Kinsey back in the shirt.

“We stringed good phases together, but composure in their 22 let us down. We continue to build as a squad and haven’t even scratched the surface of the potential we have as a playing squad.”

Lincoln’s George Pomfret leaping to win a lineout against Bingham. Photo: Emma Brodrick

Captain Luke Brodrick was among the try scorers as Lincoln Imps XV returned to winning ways with a 22-10 victory at Bingham.

Brodrick offloaded for Michael Baker, who hit the gap and broke through a tackle to go over for a try after 15 minutes, which his captain converted.

Bingham kicked a penalty before Grant Laws powered over to score for the third successive match.

Bingham crossed for a converted try to cut Lincoln’s lead to 12-10 going in at the break.

A great break by Harry Atkinson set up James Johnson, who confused the opposition full-back with a dummy before going over for a try to increase Lincoln’s lead.

Lincoln Imps XV and Bingham competing at the scrum. Photo: Emma Brodrick

Captain Brodrick used a dummy switch to run through a gap for a try to complete the scoring.

After the match Brodrick said: “The lads put a huge shift in from 1 to 15. From minute one to 80 we kept the defence strong.

“We showed some fantastic fast-paced rugby which gave us the upper hand throughout the game.”

Lincoln Imps XV celebrating a try from captain Luke Brodrick. Photo: Emma Brodrick

Lincoln’s 3rd XV and Lincoln Ladies saw their home matches against Creswell Crusaders and Doncaster postponed.

Other Results

Scunthorpe and Caldy held a minute’s silence in memory of James Walker. Photo: Israel Spry

In National Two (North), Scunthorpe suffered a 68-7 home defeat at the hands of Caldy on an emotional afternoon at Heslam Park.

Before the match both side’s observed a minute silence in memory of Scunthorpe player James Walker, who recently lost his life.

Elliott Caunt scored Scunthorpe’s only try of the match, which was converted by Will Robinson.

Scunthorpe’s try scorer Elliott Caunt in action against Caldy. Photo: Bill & Maria Rhoades

In Midlands Two East (North), Market Rasen & Louth lost 11-5 at Nottingham Casuals, with their only try coming from Jacob Medd.

Two tries from captain Daniel Adams helped Spalding to a 45-0 home victory over Rushden & Higham in Midlands Three East (South).

Gav Sharman also grabbed two tries, with Willis Ingleby, Harry Sharman and Taylor Wilson each scoring one. Conall Mason kicked five conversions.

Spalding’s 2nd XV also beat Rushden & Higham with the score ending 57-17.

James Green in action for Stamford against Queens. Photo: Darren Dolby

Rees Burns and James Stables crossed for two tries apiece as second-placed Stamford beat Queens 47-5.

Martin Bagnall, Gareth Ramsden, Tom Wire, David Martin and Danny McFaden each scored one try, with the latter adding one conversion.

Stamford’s Martin Bagnall in action against Queens. Photo: Darren Dolby

Bourne’s Josh Lynch, Adam McHugh and Sam Evison stop an Oakham attack. Photo: Alan Hancock

Bourne are only five points behind in third after their 27-19 home victory against Oakham.

Sam Thornburn, Jamie Colangelo and Adam Binns crossed for Bourne’s tries, with Sam Evison kicking three conversions and two penalties.

Bourne’s JJ Roberts gets the ball away from a ruck. Photo: Alan Hancock

Second-placed Grimsby continued their unbeaten start to the season with a 27-20 home win over Bakewell in Midlands Three East (North).

Chris Moore, John Mansfield, Dane Briggs, Tom Bright and Brad Treacher crossed for Grimsby’s tries, with the latter adding one conversion.

Grimsby’s Colts were also in action with a 15-10 home win over Boston thanks to tries from Billy Stainton and Callum Cook. Jacob Hodder kicked a conversion and a penalty. Boston’s man-of-the-match Cameron Fish and Bruno Hall scored the visitors’ tries.

Kesteven’s 1st XV lost 43-12 at Ashby, with their tries coming from Tony Woolerton and Dan Turner. Matt Grinney added one conversion.

North Hykeham and Boston held a minute’s silence for Remembrance weekend. Photo: Faye Doyle-Thomas

In Midlands Four East (North), Boston made it eight wins from as many games with a 36-7 victory in a league and NLD Cup double header away at North Hykeham.

Will Scupham, James Griffin, Tom Hobbs, Sam Lempard, Jaron Cowern and Rowan Mason all scored a try for Boston, with the latter adding three conversions.

North Hykeham vice captain Paul Bud charging at the Boston defence. Photo: Faye Doyle-Thomas

North Hykeham’s man-of-the-match Luke Barrett crossed for the hosts’ try, which was converted by Rob Booth.

North Hykeham’s Number Eight Andrew McClelland in action against Boston’s 2nd XV. Photo: David Dales

Sam Beagley crossed for a hat-trick of tries as North Hykeham’s 2nd XV won 29-10 at Boston.

Andy Harlow and Karl Pilkington each scored a try, while Sam Maccies kicked two conversions. Robbie Jones and Dan Langford scored Boston’s tries.

Boston’s Bruno Hall offloading to Jake Blanshard. Photo: David Dales

Gainsborough and Cleethorpes held a minute’s silence for Remembrance weekend. Photo: Tom Ellis

Alex Nabais crossed for four tries as Cleethorpes’ 1st XV claimed a 46-12 victory over Gainsborough.

Andy Shaw, Isaac Machon, Scott Brown and Simon Layzell each scored a try for Cleethorpes, with Harry Lightfoot kicking three conversions.

Brad Beresford and Tudor Roberts scored Gainsborough’s tries, with Robbie Goodyear kicking one conversion.

Gainsborough and Cleethorpes competing in the scrum. Photo: Tom Ellis

Micky Burton of Cleethorpes and Gainsborough’s Martin Rice competing for the ball at the lineout. Photo: Tom Ellis

Harry Moffat, Leon Stobart and Rob Titmus scored the tries as Sleaford won 17-5 at Skegness. Dan Mackie also kicked one conversion.

Skegness’ only try of the match came from Marcello Santini.

Becca Grice breaks through to go over for a try for Sleaford Ladies. Photo: sparx photographic

In the Women’s NC2 North (East), Sleaford Ladies lost 83-5 away against unbeaten league leaders Driffield.

Becca Grice scored the only try for Sleaford, who battled bravely throughout and held up a Driffield try in the closing minutes of the match.

Sleaford’s ‘Forward of the Match’ Sarah Taylor charging at the Driffield defence to set up a try. Photo: sparx photographic

The match between Kesteven Ladies and Boston Ladies was postponed.