Jenna Bierton marked her debut with a first-half hat-trick as Lincoln Ladies ran in seven tries in a 47-5 win against Sleaford Ladies.
Lincoln controlled large spells of the match but Sleaford, who gave debuts to Emily Pickering and Chloe Weston, never gave up and battled hard throughout in windy conditions.
Lincoln opened the scoring when a quick move through the hands of Jade Morgan, Hannah Rodgers and Bob Chapman set up Bierton to go over for a try. Chapman added the extras.
Rose Buchanan made a break through the defence before another move through the hands put Liv Smith over for a try in the corner.
Buchanan was soon involved again as her offload set up Morgan to run in for a try, which Chapman converted excellently despite the wind.
Bierton broke through the defence and ran 30 metres to score her second try of the afternoon, which Chapman converted.
At the other end, Sarah Taylor, Hannah Thorogood and Jo Parkes were among the players to make good yards for Sleaford in the first half.
Bierton completed her hat-trick when she fended off a Sleaford player and outpaced several more to run in for a try, which Chapman converted.
Lincoln increased their lead in the second half when quick hands from Bierton and Brooker-Brown set up Chapman to sprint clear for a try. Brooker-Brown added the extras.
Sleaford reduced the deficit when Molly Ambler powered over for a try before Rebecca Jones, Taylor, Parkes and Pickering, all made good attacking yards for the visitors.
A break by Harriet Fluck set up Brooker-Brown, who sprinted through the Sleaford defence from deep inside her own half for the final try of the match, which she also converted.
Forward duo Ollie Halligan and Jim Calveley scored their first tries of the season as Lincoln’s 1st XV secured back-to-back wins with a 26-10 victory at bottom club Ashfield.
Prop David Beveridge and winger Matt Walker also scored tries, with Richie Dixon successfully kicking three conversions to move Lincoln to within two points of safety.
Tries from George Chirila, Chris Smith, Connah Suttle-Jones, Tom Leaver and Jack Miles guided Lincoln’s 3rd XV to a 29-15 home win against Mansfield.
Leon Hobson-Sheriff added two conversions and Darren Rorie was named as Lincoln’s man-of-the-match.
Meanwhile, Lincoln will welcome former England player Dylan Hartley to the club to unveil the new pitchboard sign for Gelders at 4pm on Tuesday, February 25. There will also be a short questions and answers session, as well as a meet and greet.
In National League Two (North), Scunthorpe were on the wrong end of a 109-12 defeat at Chester.
Jack Scorer grabbed two tries for Scunthorpe and Will Robinson kicked one conversion.
Scunthorpe’s 2nd XV had a more positive week after advancing through to the semi-final of the Lincolnshire County Cup with a 53-14 victory against Grimsby.
Mick Dunk scored four tries for the Stags, who will face Market Rasen & Louth in the last four.
Billy Hardy, Tim Dunk, Jack Lifsey, Harry Turner and Si Fisher also scored tries, with Jake Goodson adding four conversions.
Grimsby were awarded a penalty try and the visitors’ other points came via a try for Dane Briggs, which was converted by Brad Treacher.
Scunthorpe Ladies lost 83-0 away at unbeaten league leaders Driffield, but it was a good opportunity for them to develop against a brilliant squad.
In Midlands Two East (North), Jake Pryer scored the visitors’ only try as Market Rasen & Louth lost 15-5 at Matlock.
Spalding were the big winners in Midlands Three East (South) after Harry Sharman’s hat-trick helped them to a 72-5 home win against St Neots.
Captain Dan Adams, Callum Lewis and Will Shields grabbed two tries apiece, with Jack Patrick, John Barrett and Ryan Chappel each scoring one. Conall Mason kicked six conversions.
Rees Burns grabbed a hat-trick as second-placed Stamford beat Rushen & Higham 53-5.
Martin Bagnall and Iain Downer both crossed for two tries and Bruce Parker and Ollie Winspear each scored one. Burns kicked three conversions and Downer added one.
Bourne’s 1st XV were awarded a home walkover against Bedford Queens. The second team beat Deeping Vets 69-10 thanks to six tries from Matt Kidd.
A hat-trick from Dan Turner helped Kesteven to a 43-27 home win against Bakewell Mannerians in Midlands Three East (North).
James Goodrich, Ollie Lowe, Rob Sheardown and Harry Norsworthy also scored tries for the hosts, with Martyn Parker kicking four conversions. However, Kesteven Ladies saw their match against York RI postponed.
Grimsby men’s 1st XV’s trip to Belper was postponed.
Emma Mason grabbed two tries as Grimsby Lynx Ladies claimed a 52-0 home win against Belper.
Sophie Plater, Jessica Whittaker, Kathryn Turner, Laura Galley, Toni Blackburn and Alice Ayres also scored tries for the hosts. Blackburn added six conversions.
Ben Watson scored two tries as Gainsborough beat Chesterfield Panthers 29-3 in Midlands Four East (North).
Brad Beresford and Daniel Chadwick each grabbed one try, with Robbie Goodyear kicking three conversions and one penalty.
Skegness suffered an agonising 22-21 defeat at Worksop, with the Lincolnshire side’s tries coming from Callum Haigh, Keyun Benson and Denholm Buxton.
Jamie Cameron converted all three tries and Glenroy Stewart was named as Skegness’ man-of-the-match.
Cleethorpes’ trip to Tupton was postponed.
In Midlands Four East (South), a hat-trick of tries from captain Haydn Johns pushed Stamford College Old Boys up to third after a 28-12 win at Thorney.
Callum Fraser scored the visitors’ other try and Johns kicked four conversions.