Newark Colts v Mellish
Under the lights at Fortress Kelham Road Boss Hogg’s Senior Colts were in imperious form as they defeated a spirited Mellish side.
Under the lights at Fortress Kelham Road Boss Hogg’s Senior Colts were in imperious form as they defeated a spirited Mellish side, playing their first game of the season, to maintain their impressive early-season form and remain undefeated.
Assistant forwards coach and master of the front row dark arts, Ant Buckberry, was drooling as his pack were dominant at scrum time right from the outset, and with the crowd barely out of the bar, Newark took one against the head, a rarity in the modern game of crooked feeds. Powerhouse backrower James Brogden fed to nuggety scrum half Noah Clegg who put Sam Booth, returning to the club after a foray into the Republic of Yorkshire where he struggled with the culture and language, over the line. He slotted the extras himself. Minutes later Brogden picked up from the base of the scrum and ran in under the sticks. Booth converted. As Newark continued to dominate both territory and possession, with the pack marauding all over the pitch, in pristine condition, the backs went through their repertoire and displayed a multiplicity of skills that left the Mapperly Plains outfit grasping at thin air. Belligerent centre, James Harding, Booth and perspicacious full back Ed Armstrong, with a brace, all crossed the whitewash in the first quarter.
Ringing the changes disrupted the rhythm of the side, but the vertiginous Jack Shine and mercurial Will Saege continued to make bullocking runs into the heart of the re-grouped Mellish defence, and with the mongrel back row in support to recycle the ball, Harding scored his second. In a moment of madness, burly prop, Jacob Pearson threw his handbag and was rightly sent to the bin, but this didn’t stop the foraging flanker, dirty Dan Walker finishing the scoring for the half.
This was the best of games, it was the worst of games, it was one superlative attack, it was one of porous defence, there was rhythm, there was arrhythmic play; in short, a game of two halves. Mellish came out in the second half with a re-newed purpose and hit the rucks with ferocity and in numbers. This disrupted and frustrated the Newark side, and despite a fine solo effort by Whizzy Will Saege, the half was an evenly matched one which required a concerted rearguard from a perhaps complacent home team. Assistant Coach and Head of Senior Youth Rugby and three times NLD champion coach and ex-National League line-out supremo Adam Doran was delighted when his thing of beauty resulted in a catch and drive from one of the well-rehearsed and executed line outs from which the redoubtable Cam Jordan touched down. But discipline slipped and with the team on a final warning the referee was left with no option than to send the hapless Josh Barrett for repeated infringement. It was only when Danny Wilson displayed a hitherto latent kicking game that Newark were able to gain the territorial superiority that they had enjoyed in the first half, as he put in a booming siege gun kick followed by a canny grubbed that saw Clegg touch down in the corner in what was the last action of the game.
A game played in great spirit throughout with a strong second half performance from the visitors in the second half warmed and entertained the crowd on a chilly autumnal night.
Next up is a tricky away trip to Bishop’s Stortford.
Report by Nick Law
Checked by Steve Hogg
Posted by Mick Barton