April 11, 2022 9.09 am

Rugby Report: Cowe hat-trick leads Lincoln to victory

A round-up of the weekend’s local rugby action

Grant Cowe grabbed a second-half hat-trick of tries as Lincoln’s 1st XV bounced back to winning ways in style with a 59-12 victory against Loughborough in their final home league game of the season.

Harry Marks crossed for two tries and Jake Keeton, Olly Stringer, Josh White, and Ben Crowe each scored one, while Louie Cooke successfully kicked seven conversions.

The result means that Lincoln have now won eight of their last nine matches in all competitions.

Grant Cowe scoring one of his three tries for Lincoln against Loughborough. | Photo: Mike Lincoln

Lincoln’s Owen Mitchinson, who was captain against Loughborough, putting in a big tackle to stop an opponent. | Photo: Mike Lincoln

The nine-try victory was a fitting result for head coach Simon Green and director of rugby Ross Tarnowski in their last home game in charge of the first team.

Once again the hard work of the duo, alongside their fellow coaches Dougie Gordon and Paul Clarke, led Lincoln to victory.

Lincoln’s young forward Eren Hamilton in action against Loughborough. | Photo: Mike Lincoln

Lincoln’s Grant Cowe caused the Loughborough defence a lot of problems. | Photo: Mike Lincoln

Lincoln’s Ben Crowe continued his great run of form against Loughborough. | Photo: Mike Lincoln

Lincoln’s 1st XV will return to action with a trip to Scunthorpe in the Northern Final of the Lincolnshire Cup on April 20.

The Red & Greens will then travel to face local rivals Market Rasen in their last league game of the season in Midlands Two East (North).

Lincoln’s try hero Grant Cowe passing the ball. | Photo: Mike Lincoln

Lincoln’s powerful prop Sam Moate charging forward. | Photo: Brian Penney

Lincoln Imps XV battled hard and pushed their Nottinghamshire opponents all the way in a narrow 33-29 home defeat against West Bridgford.

Brandon Hogan scoring a try for Lincoln. | Photo: Brian Penney

Lincoln’s Chris Smith running at the West Bridgford defence. | Photo: Brian Penney

Brandon Hogan, Josh Holiday, and Ollie Keen were all among the try scorers for Lincoln.

Jack Randell kicked two conversions for Lincoln to leave captain George Pomfret feeling proud, despite the result, after a “great squad effort”.

Jack Randell kicked two conversions for Lincoln. | Photo: Brian Penney

Lincoln Imps XV captain George Pomfret powering forward, with Josh Holiday running in to support his team-mate. | Photo: Brian Penney

Lincoln Ladies player, and the club’s first ever female chairperson, Jodie Hill was announced as the ‘Unsung Hero’ at the RFU’s Honda Volunteer of the Year 2022.

The club’s director of rugby Ross Tarnowski, along with Kerri Arlando from Kesteven Ladies, was nominated in the same category at the awards, which celebrates volunteers across the sport and their achievements and efforts over the past 12 months.

Jodie has now been invited to Twickenham as a national finalist for an award’s ceremony in September and she said she is “so happy to be part of the Lincoln Rugby Club family”.

Gainsborough Ladies head coach Martin Roberts, who also coaches in his club’s junior section, was proud to receive the ‘Beyond Rugby: Connecting the Community’ award.

He said: “I’d like to thank all the people that nominated me and it’s the ladies and the kids that make volunteering a pleasure. Seeing not only rugby skills developing, but also friendships, is amazing.”

Scunthorpe Women showed great togetherness in their final league game of the season. | Photo: Kory McInnis

Meanwhile, in the Women’s NC 2 North (East) Scunthorpe battled hard as their league season ended in a 31-17 defeat at Ryton.

Harriet Burniston, Sophie Bullass, and Cassie Milestone all scored tries for Scunthorpe, with the latter also adding one conversion.

Captain Becky Clark said it was a “massive big effort in the last game”.

Scunthorpe’s award winners Harriet Burniston, Sophie Bullass, and Cassie Milestone in fancy dress. | Photo: Kory McInnis

After the match Scunthorpe Women were in fancy dress with an angels of the north theme. | Photo: Kory McInnis

Boston Ladies’ development XV.

Boston Ladies’ development XV played their first ever match at Mansfield and, although it ended in a 17-7 defeat, there were several positives for the Lincolnshire side including the chance to give game time to some newer players.

Charlotte Daubney put in a real captain’s performance and flanker Lycia Elston also put in a strong display, as well as kicking a conversion.

Boston’s try was scored by Ebony Harker and coach Shaun Turl said he was proud of all of his players who “represented Boston superbly and supported each other”.

Stamford Women claimed a 43-26 home victory against Market Harborough and the Lincolnshire side said “rugby’s core values shone throughout the match”.

Other Results – Men’s Rugby

In the Midlands Premier, Dave Garbutt crossed for two tries as Scunthorpe were involved in a high-scoring 68-41 defeat away against Broadstreet.

Jake McKay, Josh Lugsden, and Ben Hyde each scored a try apiece, while Scunthorpe were also awarded a penalty try.

The remaining points for Tim Robinson’s side came via the boot of Hyde, who kicked four conversions and one penalty.

Connor Janney, pictured jumping in a lineout, captained Market Rasen & Louth for the first time against Ilkeston. | Photo: Chris Janney

In Midlands Two East (North), Connor Janney was proud to captain Market Rasen & Louth’s 1st XV for the first time, despite the result ending in a 34-10 defeat at Ilkeston.

Ben Keat crossed for a try on his first team debut, with Rasen’s other five-pointer being scored by Andrew Elton.

Ben Keat (left) made his first team debut for Market Rasen against Ilkeston and his team-mate Ed Timmins (right) also played in the match. | Photo: Harry Lightfoot

Jack Norton jumping in the lineout for Market Rasen against Ilkeston. | Photo: Harry Lightfoot

The match also saw captain George Grant come through unscathed after playing 30 minutes on his comeback from injury.

Market Rasen and Ilkeston preparing to contest a scrum. | Photo: Harry Lightfoot

In Midlands Two East (South), Stamford conceded their away match so opponents Leicester Forest were awarded with a home walkover.

Boston were in high spirits after scoring eight tries in their victory against Grimsby. | Photo: David Dales

It was an all Lincolnshire clash in Midlands Three East (North) as Boston secured a 57-18 home victory against Grimsby.

Boston’s club captain Luke Fowler diving over for a try against Grimsby. | Photo: Wayne Lagden

Boston’s Jaron Cowern scored two tries against Grimsby. | Photo: Wayne Lagden

Jaron Cowern and Rowan Mason crossed for two tries apiece for Boston, while club captain Luke Fowler, Jack Wright, Rob Borley, and Ross Noble each scored one.

Boston were also awarded a penalty try and Matt Bray kicked five conversions.

Boston’s Rowan Mason diving over for a try against Grimsby. | Photo: Wayne Lagden

Jordan Nuttall was among the try scorers for Grimsby against Boston. | Photo: David Dales

Jordan Nuttall and Luke Chaplin both scored tries for Grimsby.

Grimsby’s remaining points came via the boot of Jess Matthews, who kicked one conversion and two penalties.

Luke Chaplin scoring a try for Grimsby against Boston. | Photo: David Dales

Kesteven have been fighting for second place for a large part of the season, but are now fourth after enduring a difficult afternoon in a 71-5 defeat at Birstall.

Bourne’s Jack Berry trying to beat the opposition defence. | Photo: Alan Hancock

In Midlands Three East (South), a try from Josh Lynch helped Bourne to a narrow 10-8 home victory against Stewarts & Lloyds.

Sam Evison kicked a conversion and one penalty to ensure a 16th league victory of the season for Bourne.

Sam Thornburn in action for Bourne. | Photo: Alan Hancock

Daniel Day in action for Bourne against Stewarts & Lloyds. | Photo: Alan Hancock

Bourne’s Tom Dixon with support from Dan Smith, Jake Appleby, and Daniel Day. | Photo: Alan Hancock

Spalding had a tough match away against Daventry, which ended in a 43-12 defeat for the Lincolnshire side.

In Midlands Four East (North), Cleethorpes were awarded a home walkover against North Hykeham.

Deepings refused to give up and battled hard throughout in a 57-0 defeat away against Northampton BBOB.

Second Row Kameron Smith was named as Deepings’ man-of-the-match as chosen by captain Lewis Cannell.

Stamford College Old Boys were left with no choice but to concede their match against Bedford Swifts, so their opponents were awarded with a home walkover.