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SENIOR YOUTH (17s & 18s) 2017-18 SEASON - Match centre

Newark Colts
Loughborough Colts
Sat 13 Jan 14:15 - Friendly Full time

Newark Colts v Loughborough Colts

Newark Colts Edge Victory over Strong Loughborough Side

Newark Colts Edge Victory over Strong Loughborough Side

In a well-matched friendly meeting between two strong sides, Newark colts narrowly edged a 19-15 victory over Loughborough colts on a chilly pitch 5 at Kelham Road.

The visitors, unbeaten so far this season and with Newark in lethargic mood, were dominant for the first 15 minutes, capitalizing on unforced errors at the lineout and in loose play to score two well worked tries, both in the right hand corner, both using a rolling maul off the back of their lineout to trundle over the line.

With a 12-point deficit acting as a dose of smelling salts, the home side focused on the job in hand, and at a scrum after the restart, won the ball against the head and started to apply some real pressure. An accurate line out shortly after sent the Newark lads right up to the try line, and despite a frantic defensive effort by the Loughborough forwards, hooker Dan Godfrey managed to ground the ball after a pick and go from behind the ruck – 12-7 (conv. Joe Barnes).

Newark’s tails were now up, launching a wave of attacks on the visitors, with excellent kicking from hand by Barnes and the mobile forwards providing a good platform for some blistering running by Harding, Harding-Terry, Armstrong and Skelton in particular, who was unlucky not to score. However, Loughborough were rock-solid in defence going into the break, and it was clearly going to take something special if Newark were going to make headway.

It was well into the second half that the opportunity to equalize presented itself, when a rare lineout steal by the home side launched a fluid backs move up the right wing and Harding-Terry barreled over to score – 12-12.
With the game anyone’s for the taking, but momentum with Newark, Loughborough opted to take a more tactical approach, slotting one of two kickable penalties to take them ahead 15-12.

However, Newark continued to dominate in broken play and it was a fine side-stepping run by Toby Taylor which produced the final score of the match to put Newark ahead into the close 19-15 (conv. Joe Barnes).
Terrific win from behind by the Newark colts against a quality opposition, in a game which was for the most part finely balanced (once they’d woken up!). Great to see the feisty Noah Clegg back providing good service and go-forward at scrum half, as well the return of Jacob Pearson – in usual bullocking form - to the fray, and sharp performances all round in attack and defence.


Tries: Dan Godfrey (1), Will Harding-Terry (1), Toby Taylor (1)

Conversions: Joe Barnes (2)

Next up – Lincoln at home under lights (TBC).

Report by Dave Godfrey

Checked by Steve Hogg

Posted by Mick Barton

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