Tries from captain Clare Brooker-Brown and Harriet Fluck guided Lincoln Ladies to their fourth win in five league games with a 17-0 victory at Scunthorpe.
The first half was closely contested with the only try coming three minutes before half-time. The ball was passed out to Lynne Brooker-Brown, who broke through Scunthorpe’s centre defence to leave a two on one.
She then drew in Scunthorpe full-back Cassie Milestone before passing the ball outside to Clare Brooker-Brown, who ran in for a try under the sticks.
Lynne Brooker-Brown successfully slotted over the conversion to give Lincoln a 7-0 lead going in at the break.
Scunthorpe broke through a few times, but were denied by some superb tackling by Fluck and Jade Morgan.
Lincoln increased their lead when Fluck handed off several defenders and bounced the full-back off her to score a try.
Fluck was soon in again after handing off more players and outpacing the defence to go over for her seventh try of the season.
Scunthorpe responded with a break from Milestone, who spotted a gap on the blindside and made a lot of ground before being tackled into touch.
Scunthorpe continued to battle hard and put pressure on Lincoln in the final 10 minutes, but the visitors held on to ensure they didn’t concede any points.
Lincoln Touch MB’s ended the third round of the winter ERDS tournament as Shield winners.
Lincoln started slowly in the pool stages, losing 3-2 against Ospreys and 3-1 to Bedford.
A 4-0 win over Northampton COYS put them back on track before they beat Nomads by the same scoreline in the Shield knockout.
The final was a tough battle with Lincoln edging past Peterborough side BGL 4-3 to lift the Shield.
Lincoln’s Maksim Lema was named as the male MVP of the tournament.
Elsewhere in the Women’s NC2 North (East), Hannah Booth scored a try and a conversion as Boston Ladies beat York RI 7-5.
Emily Decelles scored her first try for Sleaford Ladies in a 34-10 defeat away against Hull Ionian Ladies.
Sleaford’s other try was scored by Jo Parkes.
Kesteven Ladies lost 14-0 in a hard-fought game against Doncaster.
Kesteven’s Minis and Juniors were recently visited by England rugby star Manu Tuilagi, who is the brother of their Director of Rugby Fereti (Freddie) Tuilagi.
Around 100 of the Black Army’s junior members got to meet Manu, who was part of England’s 2019 Rugby World Cup squad.
In National Two (North), Scunthorpe lost 34-16 at Hull with their tries coming from Jack Scorer and James Dyson. Paul Cook and Will Robinson each kicked one penalty.
Scunthorpe’s 3rd XV came out on top with a narrow 33-26 victory over Cleethorpe’s second team.
Harry Turner, Neil Wainer, Will Dale, Charlie Turner and Joey Walsh scored Scunthorpe’s tries, with Ash Grey adding four conversions.
Alex Nabais crossed for a hat-trick of tries for Cleethorpes and Simon Layzell scored one. Harry Lightfoot kicked three conversions.
Tries from Ben Youngs, Pete Southwell and Jake McKay guided Market Rasen & Louth to a 22-6 win over Bourne in the quarter final of the NLD Shield.
Rasen’s other points came via two conversions and a penalty from Tom Alldridge. Sam Evison kicked two penalties for Bourne.
Bourne’s 2nd XV had a more positive afternoon after their home friendly against Gainsborough’s second team ended in a 43-7 victory.
Stu Hyde grabbed a hat-trick of tries, with Jake Appleby, Jake Anderson, Jack Fitch and Rob Webb each scoring one and Calum Weston adding four conversions. James Rose scored Gainsborough’s try, which was converted by Danny Thompson.
Harry Sharman crossed for two tries as Spalding claimed a 26-16 win at Manor Park in the Midlands Senior Vase quarter-final.
Ash Anker and Gav Sharman scored Spalding’s other tries, with Conall Mason adding three conversions.
In Midlands Three East (North), third-placed Grimsby very nearly pulled off a remarkable comeback, but it wasn’t to be as they lost 27-24 at Ashby who moved above them into second.
Grimsby found themselves 27-0 down at half-time, but tries from Lewis Rothenburg, Luke Chaplain, Colin Matthews and Pete Shaw hauled them back into the game. Brad Treacher added two conversions as Grimsby secured a losing bonus point.
Boston remain unbeaten and top of Midlands Four East (North) after their 15-15 draw at Worksop.
Michael Baldwin and Rowan Mason crossed for Boston’s tries, with the latter adding a conversion and a penalty.
Gainsborough secured their seventh win in 11 league matches with a hard-fought 14-13 victory away against Chesterfield Panthers.
Brad Beresford and Tudor Roberts scored Gainsborough’s tries, with Robbie Goodyear successfully kicking both conversions.
North Hykeham suffered a surprise 18-17 defeat at Amber Valley, who picked up their first league win of the season.
Ryan Carr crossed for two of North Hykeham’s tries with the visitors’ captain Ross O’Loughlin grabbing the other. Rob Booth added one conversion.
Sleaford’s 1st XV were not in action over the weekend, but their second team travelled to East Retford in the 2nd XV NLD Cup. Jack Osborne and David Gunter scored Sleaford’s tries in a 26-10 defeat.