Newark U15s fall agonizingly short at Kettering
By Stephen Oldridge
U15s pipped in the closing stages
On blustery day at Kettering on Sunday, the u15s took on a strong Kettering side.
Playing 9 a-side on a full-size pitch it was always going to be a tough afternoon for girls. A real test of fitness and concentration.
Despite conceding two early tries, this never looked like it would be a one-sided affair. The girls were clearly up for the challenge and didn’t let their heads go down.
A breakaway try from Sophie (converted by Leah) following a Kettering knock-on helped keep the girls in touching distance before Kettering restored their lead to 10 points with a third try.
However, the girls dug deep and started to gain confidence during the second quarter of the game and really started to play some good rugby both in defence where they tackled as a unit and in attack where they really looked to bring their wingers into play.
Two tries from Alice (one after a great break by Ember) really gave them belief and by the end of the third quarter a try from Charlotte and another try from Alice to complete her hat-trick (as well as further conversions by Leah and Erin) meant they were now leading Kettering by a point going into the last 15 minutes.
Despite a wind advantage in the final quarter, fatigue (and arguably the lack of any subs) finally caught up with the girls and two late tries for Kettering sealed a win for the home side but it was a brave team performance and the girls left the pitch with their heads held high.
It was certainly the most complete team performance of the season with everyone playing their part. It has been great to watch the development of this team over the course of the season. There were some very proud (and vocal) parents watching from the side line on Sunday!
Written by Stephen Oldridge
Approved by Mark Dobb