Rugby Report: Papworth hat-trick seals emphatic win for Lincoln’s 1st XV

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Nico Papworth crossed for a hat-trick as Lincoln’s 1st XV boosted their survival hopes with a thumping 69-10 win against bottom club Ashfield.

Lincoln opened the scoring after eight minutes when Matt Keeton powered over for a try, which Richie Dixon converted.

Matt Keeton scored two of Lincoln’s tries against Ashfield. Photo: Brian Penney

The hosts increased their lead when one of their stand-out performers Ben Sykes dodged and weaved his way through the defence from his own 22, outpacing the remaining chasing players to run in for a try. Dixon once again added the extras.

Both teams lost a player to the sin bin after a melee before Mitch Ashworth was given a yellow card soon after, which the referee said was for a swinging arm in a tackle.

Lincoln’s Ben Sykes running through the Ashfield defence. Photo: Brian Penney

Keeton powered over for his second try, which Dixon converted, before Louie Cooke ran down the wing and outpaced the defence to score soon after. However, Cooke pulled his hamstring in the process and had to be substituted.

David Beveridge offloaded for Dan Hill to run in for a try as Lincoln took a 31-0 lead in at the break.

Ben Sykes crossing for one of his two tries in Lincoln’s home victory against Ashfield. Photo: Brian Penney

Sykes ran in for his second try, which Dixon converted, before Daniel Oakes crossed for Ashfield’s first score of the match. Captain Lewis Wilson then set up a try for Papworth and Dixon added the conversion.

Josh Heald crossed for a consolation try for Ashfield before Lincoln increased their lead.

Lincoln winger Jake Keeton in action against Ashfield. Photo: Brian Penney

Brandon Hogan broke two tackles to go over for a try near the corner, which Dixon converted. Papworth then set up Laurence Few to dive over for an unconverted try.

Lincoln completed the scoring as Papworth ran in two great tries late on to complete his hat-trick, with Dixon adding one conversion.

Richie Dixon successfully kicked seven conversions against Ashfield. Photo: Brian Penney

Lincoln Imps XV after their cup semi-final victory against Southwell. Photo: Brian Penney

A passionate and determined Lincoln Imps XV came from behind to beat Southwell 17-13 in the semi-final of the NLD 2nd XV Cup.

Lincoln fell behind to a Joe Cook try and Paul Rich’s penalty and conversion.

George Pomfret crossing for Lincoln’s opening try against Southwell. Photo: Brian Penney

The hosts reduced the deficit when Grant Laws made a diving offload in the tackle to set up George Pomfret, who stepped a player and handed off another to run in for a great try.

Rich extended Southwell’s lead with another penalty in the second half, but Lincoln showed great grit and determination to turn the match around.

George Pomfret in action for Lincoln Imps XV in their cup semi-final against Southwell. Photo: Brian Penney

Alex Brodrick offloaded the ball to James Johnson, who ran at two defenders and forced his way over for a try.

Lincoln completed the comeback when Eddy Jopling picked up the ball from the base of a ruck to dive over for a try.

Lincoln Imps XV celebrating booking their place in the cup final. Photo: Brian Penney

Brodrick successfully slotted over the conversion before Lincoln held off a late Southwell fightback to secure their place in the final.

Boston Ladies captain Hannah Booth scored two tries against Lincoln. Photo: David Dales

Boston Ladies captain Hannah Booth crossed for two tries as availability-hit Lincoln fell to a 19-5 defeat at Boston.

Lincoln duo Emily Nelson and Chloe Siddall both played their first ever games of rugby and Alex Langford made her debut for the club.

Emily Nelson was named as Lincoln’s forward of the match against Boston. Photo: Katie Nesbitt

Lincoln opened the scoring inside the first five minutes when Lynne Brooker-Brown took a quick tap penalty and team-mate Ruth Denham helped force her over the line for a try.

Boston began to grow into the game and, after a dummy pass, Booth ran straight through the defence for a try which she also converted.

Lynne Brooker-Brown scored Lincoln’s try against Boston. Photo: Katie Nesbitt

Lincoln Ladies head coach Brian Kelly named Shannon Snell as his side’s player of the match. Photo: Katie Nesbitt

Booth found a gap in the defence from a ruck to run in for another try, which she converted to give Boston a 14-5 lead going in at the break.

Lincoln came close to scoring on a few occasions in the second half, but a good move through the hands of the Boston backs set up a try for Jess Lester to secure victory for the hosts.

Boston Ladies full-back Jess Lester running at the Lincoln defence. Photo: David Dales

Boston prop James Griffin with his England Deaf Rugby Union team-mate Corey Beck. Photo: Amy Griffin

Boston had more success at the weekend as prop James Griffin made his competitive debut for England Deaf Rugby Union in a 15-12 win against Wales on Sunday.

Luke Wells scored two tries, and William Dark added one conversion, as Lincoln’s Colts drew 12-12 against Nottingham Corsairs in the third round of the Under-18 National Cup. Corsairs progress to the next round as a National Cup ruling awards the win to the away team in the event of a draw.

Joe Thompson crossed for four tries as Lincoln’s Under-15s won 52-0 at Cleethorpes. Flynn Smith grabbed two tries and Leo Audis and Louis Johnson each scored one. Thompson added six conversions.

Other Results

Will Scammell was among Scunthorpe’s try scorers against Huddersfield. Photo: Bill & Maria Rhoades

In National League Two (North), Will Scammell scored a try for the second successive match during Scunthorpe’s 28-17 defeat against Huddersfield.

Will Robinson and Grant Elliott also scored tries for Scunthorpe and Paul Cook added one conversion.

Spalding’s Harry Cole in action against Buxton. Photo: Adrian Smith Photography

Ryan Chappel in action for Spalding against Buxton. Photo: Adrian Smith Photography

Spalding booked their place in the RFU Midlands Vase Final after a 10-0 win against Buxton.

Ed Booth scored both tries for the Lincolnshire side who will play against Dunstablians in the final.

Spalding’s Ash Ankar leaping in a lineout against Buxton. Photo: Adrian Smith Photography

Spalding’s Ryan Chappel running at the Buxton defence. Photo: Adrian Smith Photography

Bourne’s first team were not in action, but the 2nd XV narrowly lost 22-15 against Corby. Dave Maudsley grabbed two tries and Kieran McFarlane scored one.

Grimsby’s 1st XV were not in action at the weekend, but the second team won 19-10 at Goole in the East Yorkshire Merit League. Kieran Dinnes, Pete Shaw and Josh Rose scored Grimsby’s tries and Stu Saunders added two conversions.

Ben Shaw crossed for six tries as Cleethorpes’ 2nd XV claimed an emphatic 90-5 win against Horncastle.

Skegness’ 1st XV after their 20-17 victory against North Hykeham. Photo: Ebonie Barker

In Midlands Four East (North), a late Lewis Haigh penalty saw Skegness snatch a dramatic 20-17 victory at North Hykeham.

Paul Bud, Gareth Alder-Woolf and Jack Thomas scored the tries for North Hykeham, with the latter adding one conversion.

Jack Thomas scoring one of North Hykeham’s tries against Skegness. Photo: Faye Doyle-Thomas

North Hykeham’s Max Foster being chased by Skegness winger Denholm Buxton. Photo: Faye Doyle-Thomas

Colin Haigh and Liam Barnard scored Skegness’ tries, with Lewis Haigh kicking two conversions and two penalties.

Denholm Buxton in action for Skegness against North Hykeham. Photo: Faye Doyle-Thomas

Jack Osborne crossed for two tries as Sleaford claimed a 30-14 home win against Meden Vale.

Curtis Key, Shaun Fisher and Sam Harris scored Sleaford’s other tries, with Wayne Harley kicking one conversion and a penalty.

Sleaford held a minute’s applause before the match and took a collection for the family in memory of former player Kyle Brown, who died in a crash on New Year’s Eve. A GoFundMe page has already raised over £3,000 in Kyle’s memory.

Sleaford held a minute’s applause before the match in memory of former player Kyle Brown. Photo: Kristie Pilsworth

Robbie Goodyear scored a try, conversion and two penalties as Gainsborough lost 24-13 at Tupton.

Stamford College Old Boys booked their place in the NLD Vase Final with a 24-0 victory at Bingham.

Cat Walker, Callum Fraser, James Twose and Haydn Johns scored Stamford’s tries, with the latter also adding two conversions.

In the Women’s NC2 North (East), Jess Taylor scored the visitor’s only try of the match as Kesteven Ladies lost 30-5 at Hull Ioanians.

Scunthorpe Ladies battled hard throughout the match and put pressure on Doncaster’s defence during a 34-0 defeat.

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