Rugby Report: Lincoln’s Spanish prop makes last appearance in home defeat

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Lincoln’s Spanish prop Jon Aboitiz bid farewell to the club after the 34-10 home defeat against title-chasing Dronfield despite his side dominating large spells of the first half.

The forward has been a key figure in the first team over the last season and a half and his presence will be missed when he moves back to Spain.

Lincoln’s 1st XV captain Lewis Wilson in action against Dronfield. Photo: Brian Penney

Lincoln spent the majority of the first half inside the opposition’s 22, with Dan Hill, Sam Cowles, Richie Dixon, Grant Cowe, Ollie Halligan and Aboitiz all tackled just short of the try line.

Cowe also saw a try disallowed for a knock-on as Lincoln’s pressure continued not to amount to any first-half tries, which ultimately proved costly.

Grant Cowe’s try for Lincoln against Dronfield was disallowed for a knock-on. Photo: Brian Penney

Dan Hill in action for Lincoln against Dronfield. Photo: Katie Nesbitt

Lincoln’s Richie Dixon and Dronfield’s Joe Farrell both kicked penalties as the first half ended 3-3.

Lincoln took the lead within six minutes of the restart after a good forward drive gave them good field position.

Lincoln’s Matt Walker running at the Dronfield defence. Photo: Katie Nesbitt

Lincoln’s 1st XV captain Lewis Wilson crossing for a try against Dronfield. Photo: Katie Nesbitt

Dixon offloaded the ball to Wilson, who ran a great line and powered through the defence to score a try. Dixon successfully slotted over the conversion.

Dronfield grew in confidence and snatched any possible points away from Lincoln with five unanswered tries in the second half.

Lincoln forward Ollie Halligan in action against Dronfield. Photo: Brian Penney

Lincoln Number Eight Harry Cowles running at the Dronfield defence. Photo: Brian Penney

Reika Mahmid crossed for two tries for the visitors, with Paul Joyce, Jack Longden and Alistair Hills each scoring one. Farrell kicked two conversions and Jake Steade added one.

After his final appearance for the club Aboitiz said: “It has been a pleasure being part of this club. I will miss the lads and want to say a big thank you to everyone.”

Lincoln’s 3rd XV and Sleaford’s second team preparing to contest a scrum. Photo: Ady Brodrick

Sam Moate and Luke Brodrick crossed for two tries apiece as Lincoln’s 3rd XV claimed an emphatic 59-5 win at Sleaford’s second team.

John Walsh, Ben Jones, Chris Smith, Paul Swaby and Alex Brodrick each scored one try, with the latter adding one conversion. Luke Brodrick successfully kicked six conversions.

Sleaford’s try was scored by James Hough.

Lincoln Colts (Reds) progressed through to the third round of the Under-18 National Cup after a 50-0 victory over Sleaford on Sunday.

Ollie Keen, Ben Crowe and Ben Manderfield crossed for two tries apiece, while Luke Wells and Ciaran Wolverson each scored one.

William Dark kicked five conversions as Lincoln secured a third round tie against Nottingham Corsairs, which will be played on January 19.

Lincoln Colts (Greens) lost 55-14 at Kesteven.

Lincoln’s Under-15s beat Derby 30-10 with Joe Thompson and Flynn Smith scoring two tries apiece. Toby Russon and Harry Stroud each scored one try.

Lincoln Touch players Harry Stroud, John Winterbourne, Flynn Smith, Joe Thompson and Polly Swann have all been included in the England high performance squad for next year, which will begin training in January. Lincoln Touch also return to tournament action on January 5.

Other Results

Scunthorpe’s James Dyson trying to evade the Otley defence. Photo: Bill & Maria Rhoades

In National Two (North), James Dyson crossed for two tries as Scunthorpe lost 62-24 at home against Otley.

Grant Elliott and Will Scammell also scored tries for Scunthorpe, with Will Robinson kicking two conversions.

Tom Stephens grabbed four tries as Market Rasen & Louth claimed an emphatic 68-31 home victory against Ashbourne in Midlands Two East (North).

Jake McKay and Matt Ashton both crossed for two tries for the hosts, with Ben Youngs, Jake Medd, Josh White and Jake Pryer each scoring one. Connor Janney kicked four conversions.

Bourne moved up into joint second in Midlands Three East (South) after a 36-11 win at St Neots.

Josh Lynch and Jamie Colangelo grabbed two tries apiece for Bourne, with man-of-the-match Jake Appleby and Chris Warnes each scoring one. Sam Evison kicked three conversions.

Stamford and Spalding preparing to contest a scrum. Photo: Darren Dolby

Stamford, who are level on points with Bourne, suffered a 20-5 defeat at sixth-placed Spalding.

Ryan Chapel, Harry Cole and Ed Booth scored the tries to secure a fourth successive league victory for Spalding. Conal Mason kicked one conversion and a penalty for the hosts.

Stamford’s try was scored by Sam Hillary.

Stamford’s Sam Hillary in action against Spalding. Photo: Darren Dolby

In Midlands Three East (North), James Goodrich scored two tries as Kesteven won 40-3 at Buxton.

Dan Turner, Will Wood, Will Pert and Aaron Whittaker also scored tries for the visitors, with the latter adding four conversions. Ollie Lowe kicked one conversion.

Grimsby lost 47-6 at Southwell with their points come via two Brad Treacher penalties.

Paul Beard was among the try scorers for Boston in their 32-0 win over Skegness. Photo: Wayne Lagden

Boston remain unbeaten at the top of Midlands Four East (North) after a 32-0 home win over Skegness.

Paul Beard, Sam Johnson, Jaron Cowern, Josh Cook and Peter Manning scored Boston’s tries, with Matt Bray adding two conversions and a penalty.

Sam Johnson scored a try for Boston against Skegness. Photo: Wayne Lagden

Curtis Key grabbed a hat-trick of tries as Sleaford won 55-3 at Amber Valley.

Dan Mackie crossed for two tries and also added three conversions. Dave Davis, Jack Osbourne, Paddy Hobson and Dave Titmus also scored tries for the visitors, with Wayne Harley kicking two conversions.

North Hykeham suffered frustration on the road after a 52-12 defeat at East Retford.

Blayne Ford and Rob Booth scored Hykeham’s tries, with the latter adding one conversion.

Cleethorpes were awarded a home walkover against Nottinghamians. Meden Vale were awarded a home walkover against Gainsborough.

Gainsborough’s Andrew Davies contesting a lineout in their second team’s match at Scunthorpe. Photo: Tom Ellis

Gainsborough’s 2nd XV had a positive weekend after a 34-30 victory at Scunthorpe’s fourth team.

Daniel Dawson crossed for two tries, with Daniel Chadwick, Ben Watson and Brad Beresford each scoring one. Tudor Roberts kicked three conversions and one penalty.

In the Women’s NC 2 North (East), Steph Ellis crossed for two tries as Scunthorpe Ladies beat Kesteven 17-10.

Trisa Roberts also scored a try for the hosts, with Mel Wright-Mahoney adding one conversion. Emma Austen crossed for two tries for Kesteven.

Kirsty Hewitt scored the crucial try for Boston Ladies in their victory against Sleaford. Photo: Wayne Lagden

Kirsty Hewitt’s try helped Boston Ladies to a narrow 11-10 win at Sleaford. Boston’s other points came via two penalties from Hannah Booth.

Sarah Ellen Taylor went over for a try to open the scoring for Sleaford Ladies after a good team effort. Photo: sparx photographic

Becca Grice powered over after concerted pressure and multiple phases to get Sleaford’s second try. Photo: sparx photographic

Ellen Taylor and Becca Grice both scored tries for Sleaford.

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