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1st XV - Match centre

Newark
Melbourne
Tries
Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown
Conversions
Unknown
M Cox ®
Penalties
Sat 1 Dec 15:00 - Midlands Division - Midlands 2 East (North) Full time

Newark competed on equal terms

Newark enjoyed more advantage after half-time




Saturday December 1
Midlands Two East North
Newark 3 Melbourne 22


Newark enjoyed plenty of possession and territory against league leaders Melbourne but ultimately ended up with not even a losing bonus point to show for their efforts.

A late try and conversion stretched Melbourne’s lead after Newark had fought valiantly to cut the deficit at 15-3 mid-way into the second half.

Newark competed on equal terms for large chunks of a match where their mistakes cost them valuable ground at crucial points.

An opening penalty goal from fly half Matt Cox put Newark ahead early on in the first half where they failed to take their chances.

After Melbourne had scored an opening try, Newark enjoyed their best period and were held up on their opponents line.

A big turning point came just before half-time when a Newark attack broke down and Melbourne mounted a quick counter-attack ending in their second try for a 10-3 half-time lead.

Newark enjoyed more advantage after half-time and engineered more attempts at push over tries from line-outs close-in. Cox also failed to land a long-range penalty.

Melbourne defended very effectively and scored a third try off a further counter-attack which started in their own half, the visitors cutting through the home line.

Newark came back to launch more attacks but the afternoon became more disappointing when Cox was red-carded for an offence at a ruck.

Despite finishing a man down, Newark had more frustration when lock Will Ellison was held up in another forward rush for the line.

Melbourne also finished a man short, following a sin binning, but found the pace to score a fourth try out wide which was converted.

Overall, a tough afternoon for the Newark squad who has had to handle injuries to lock Josh Witton and substitute forward Logan Watt.

Newark team: Hunter-Shaw; Pauvert, Britten (capt), Birch, Charles; Cox, Tweedie; Coulam, Chapple, Wells, Witton, Ellison, Williams, Duncan, Garland.

Subs: Himsworth, Watt, Overland.

Penalty goal: Cox.


Man-of-the-Match Award



Man of the match – Mason Coulam receives his prize from Edward Hine, match-day sponsor and organiser of the 1983-84 Cup-winning reunion.


Next League Match

Next Saturday: home to Southwell (league, kick off 3pm).

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Key moments

9:00
Penalty Matthew Cox ® kicks a penalty for Newark
12:00
Try Try for Melbourne
39:00
Try Try for Melbourne
51:00
Try Try for Melbourne
78:00
Try Try for Melbourne
78:30
Conversion Conversion for Melbourne

Highlights

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78:30 Conversion 3 - 22
Conversion for Melbourne
78:00 Try 3 - 20
Try for Melbourne
51:00 Try 3 - 15
Try for Melbourne
End of period 1
39:00 Try 3 - 10
Try for Melbourne
12:00 Try 3 - 5
Try for Melbourne
9:00 Penalty 3 - 0
Matthew Cox ® kicks a penalty for Newark
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Newark
  • Melbourne
  • 0
  • Matthew Cox ® Penalty 9:00'
  • Try 12:00'
  • Try 39:00'
  • Try 51:00'
  • Try 78:00'
  • Conversion 78:30'

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League round up

Other Midlands 2 East (North) results

Ashby
27
10
Market Rasen & Louth
Southwell
7
13

League table

# Team Pl Pts
6. Loughborough 11 29
7. Dronfield 10 28
8. Lincoln 11 27
9. Newark 10 25
10. Ilkeston 11 21
11. Ashby 11 17
12. Southwell 11 7

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