Rugby Report: Lincoln Ladies extend unbeaten run with battling draw

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Jodie Hill scored her first try for the club as Lincoln Ladies extended their unbeaten league run to three matches with a 22-22 draw at Hull.

Lynne Brooker-Brown slotted over a penalty to reduce the deficit after Hull’s early try but the hosts, who lost a player to the sin bin, then extended their lead with two tries.

Lincoln Ladies after their 22-22 draw at Hull. Photo: Katie Nesbitt

Lincoln narrowed the gap after strong work by the forwards set up a try for Shannon Snell, which Lynne Brooker-Brown converted.

Lincoln took the lead in the second half when Clare Brooker-Brown chased Bob Chapman’s kick before being fouled by a Hull player, who received a yellow card.

The ball bobbled before being scooped up by Hill, who powered through three defenders to go over for a try, which Lynne Brooker-Brown converted.

Jodie Hill celebrating after scoring her first ever try for Lincoln Ladies. Photo: Katie Nesbitt

Try scorer Liv Smith in action for Lincoln Ladies. Photo: Katie Nesbitt

Lincoln lost Clare Brooker-Brown to injury and Liv Smith to the sin bin before Hull retook the lead with a converted try.

The visitors secured a draw with the last play of the match. Chapman took a quick tap to Linda McLean, who set up Smith to run 40 yards for a try.

Lincoln’s Ollie Halligan running at the Loughborough defence. Photo: Katie Nesbitt

Lincoln’s 1st XV produced a much-improved performance before eventually going down to a 28-15 home defeat against Loughborough.

Lincoln started strongly and opened the scoring through Louie Cooke’s early penalty.

Dan Hill was among the try scorers for Lincoln’s 1st XV against Loughborough. Photo: Mike Lincoln

Full-back Dan Hill dodged and weaved his way through the defence to run in for a great try, which Cooke converted, to increase Lincoln’s lead.

Loughborough reduced the deficit when their captain Kieran Hewgill beat a few defenders and offloaded for Andrew Price to go over for a try, which Greg Biddle converted.

Brandon Hogan played out of position at scrum-half for Lincoln and put in a good performance. Photo: Katie Nesbitt

The visitors snatched the lead with second half tries from Callum Smith and Jamie Grice, which were both converted by Biddle.

Lincoln clawed their way back into the game when Grant Cowe powered through the defence to dive over for a try.

Lincoln’s Grant Cowe diving over for a try against Loughborough. Photo: Mike Lincoln

Loughborough’s Giles Wilson putting in a tackle on Lincoln’s Matt Keeton. Photo: Mike Lincoln

Grice powered over for his second try, which Biddle converted, with less than two minutes left to play to secure victory for Loughborough.

John Walsh scored four tries for Lincoln’s 3rd XV against Boston. Photo: Brian Penney

John Walsh crossed for four tries as Lincoln’s 3rd XV began 2020 in style with a 56-0 home victory over Boston.

Grant Laws and Luke Brodrick grabbed two tries apiece, while Chris Smith and Harry Atkinson each scored one. Alex Brodrick kicked three conversions.

Harry Atkinson crossing for a try for Lincoln’s 3rd XV against Boston. Photo: Brian Penney

George Pomfret in action for Lincoln’s 3rd XV against Boston. Photo: Katie Nesbitt

Harry Whittaker, Lloyd Buck, Luke Wells and Ruari Catani-Brown scored Lincoln Colts’ tries in their 31-20 home defeat against Oundle.

Lincoln Touch after their Shield win in Kings Lynn. Photo: Sean Smith

Lincoln Touch emerged as Shield winners after the Winter Eastern Regional Development tournament in Kings Lynn.

After a slow start of two defeats and a draw, Lincoln went on to beat Nottingham and BGL Blues to lift the Shield.

Other Results

Scunthorpe captain Tom Foster scored their only try against Preston Grasshoppers. Photo: Bill & Maria Rhoades

In National League Two (North), captain Tom Foster scored Scunthorpe’s only try in their 30-7 home defeat against Preston Grasshoppers. Paul Cook added the conversion.

In Midlands Two East (North), Market Rasen & Louth won 42-5 at Ilkeston thanks to tries from Adam Goodwin, Jake Pryer, Connor Janney, Chris Everton, Jake McKay and Ben Young. Janney and Young each kicked three conversions.

David Martin in action for Stamford against Dunstablians. Photo: Darren Dolby

Stamford remain top of Midlands Three East (South) after a 20-15 victory at Dunstablians.

Gareth Ramsden, Jack Jones and David Martin scored Stamford’s tries. Harry Bentley kicked one conversion and a penalty.

Stamford try scorer Gareth Ramsden in action against Dunstablians. Photo: Darren Dolby

Bourne dropped into third place after a 30-24 defeat at Daventry, but are only six points adrift of Stamford.

Tom Dixon, Kyle Wallis and Sam Thornburn scored Bourne’s tries, with Sam Evison adding three conversions and a penalty.

Ash Anker and Willis Ingleby both scored tries as Spalding lost 16-12 at Huntingdon & District. Conall Mason kicked one conversion.

In Midlands Three East (North), second-placed Grimsby are just five points behind leaders Ashby after their 36-15 win at Nottingham Moderns.

Tom Roberts, Lewis Newsum, Jak Pickford, Luke Chaplin and John Mansfield scored Grimsby’s tries, with Brad Treacher kicking four conversions and a penalty.

A hat-trick from Ash Rendall-Tyrrell guided Grimsby’s 2nd XV to a 42-12 victory at local rivals Cleethorpes. Ash Waterman grabbed two tries and Dane Briggs scored one, with Stu Saunders and Lee Spall each kicking three conversions.

Tom Holmes and Sam Pearson scored Cleethorpes’ tries and captain Nathan Phillips kicked one conversion.

James Goodrich and Henry Parker scored the tries, which were both converted by Ben Whinney, as Kesteven’s 1st XV lost 19-14 at Mellish.

Jaron Cowern scored a hat-trick of tries for Boston against Worksop. Photo: David Dales

In Midlands Four East (North), Jaron Cowern grabbed a hat-trick as leaders Boston made it 13 wins from 15 games with a 71-0 home victory against Worksop.

Matthew Deane grabbed two tries and Danny Wilson, Josh Cook, Will Scupham, Kyle Turley, George Sharp and Sam Johnson each scored one. Scupham kicked eight conversions.

Boston and Worksop preparing to contest a scrum. Photo: David Dales

Alex Nabais crossed for five tries as Cleethorpes beat Tupton 60-23.

Isaac Machon, Andy Shaw, Lloyd Jones and Harry Parker each scored one try, with Harry Lightfoot kicking six conversions and a penalty.

Jake Brown in action for North Hykeham against Nottinghamians. Photo: Faye Doyle-Thomas

Alex Morley scored his first try for the 1st XV as North Hykeham secured back-to-back wins with a 23-19 victory at Nottinghamians.

Ryan Carr and Jordan Jolley also scored tries and Rob Booth kicked two penalties and a conversion.

Jordan Jolley was among the try scorers for North Hykeham. Photo: Faye Doyle-Thomas

Gainsborough’s Martin Rice winning a lineout against Skegness. Photo: Tom Ellis

Brad Beresford crossed for a hat-trick of tries, which were all converted by Robbie Goodyear, as Gainsborough won 21-14 at Skegness.

Liam Barnard and Colin Haigh scored Skegness’ tries, which were both converted by Lewis Haigh.

Rob Titmus, Adam Loveday, Curtis Key and Jack Osborne scored Sleaford’s tries in their narrow 30-22 home defeat against East Retford. Cameron Catelugh added one conversion.

Rob Titmus on his way to scoring a try for Sleaford. Photo: Liam J Kite

Curtis Key in action for Sleaford against East Retford. Photo: Liam J Kite

In Midlands Four East (South), Stamford College Old Boys lost 31-12 at Brackley. Stamford’s tries were scored by Craig Darlington and James Towse.

Women’s Rugby

Becky Clarke was named as Scunthorpe’s ‘Back of the match’ against Boston. Photo: David Dales

In the Women’s NC2 North (East), tries from captain Holly Newman and Harriet Burniston helped Scunthorpe to a 12-5 victory at Boston. Mel Wright added one conversion.

Boston’s try was scored by Mollie Smith.

Boston try scorer Mollie Smith. Photo: David Dales

Sleaford’s Rebecca Jones and Jody Stobart combining to tackle a Driffield player. Photo: Rebecca Grice

A spirited Sleaford Ladies side were only able to travel with 12 players, battling hard even after losing another player to injury, in a 43-0 defeat at York RI.

Hannah Thorogood was named as their forward of the match and Jody Stobart as the best back. The opposition named Sherrie Christian as their Sleaford player of the match.

Vicki Cocks jumping in the lineout for Sleaford against Driffield. Photo: Rebecca Grice

Kesteven Ladies lost 61-0 at home against league leaders Driffield in what was an enjoyable day of learning for the hosts both on and off the pitch.

Kesteven Ladies and their opponents Driffield pose for a team photo. Photo: Stacey Spafford

Ladies club captain Sarah Goss said it “really was the epitome of what rugby is all about, irrespective of the scoreline – a great game with great people”.

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