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M Coulam ®, F Tweedie ®, J Chapple ®
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M Cox ® (3)
M Cox ®
Penalty Try
Sat 12 Jan 14:15 - Midlands Division - Midlands 2 East (North) Full time

A competitive second half


Newark held the upper-hand for much of the contest

Saturday 12 January
Midlands Two East North
Ilkeston 24 Newark 24

An injury-time penalty try ensured Newark had to settle for a draw in a dramatic match at Ilkeston.

Newark held the upper-hand for much of a contest on a cold afternoon but, frustratingly, could not hold on to a 24-17 lead going into injury time.

A spate of penalties maintained Ilkeston’s last-ditch attack which ended in the referee signalling for a penalty try after Newark were penalised for collapsing a maul as the home pack trundled towards the line in the bottom corner.

The decision gave Ilkeston a draw in a match which saw both teams try to play adventurous rugby in difficult conditions.

Overall, Newark, who scored three tries to Ilkeston’s four, deserved victory for their second-half efforts.

A changed team produced another determined display led by No 8 Dave Garland and efforts of a pack including a first start in a league game for flanker Haydn Godfrey.

Newark had the first-half advantage of the conditions and the Ilkeston slope . They turned round 10-5 up thanks to try from prop Mason Coulam and a Matt Cox conversion and penalty.

Ilkeston scored right on the whistle for half-time to peg back Newark’s lead of 10-0 and then had the conditions and slope to come.

However, after Ilkeston’s initial second-half pressure which Newark fended off the visitors gained the upper hand ending in substitute scrum-half Findlay Tweedie breaking clear to dash under the posts from 30 metres out. Cox converted for a 17-5 lead.

A competitive second half continued when Ilkeston engineered a second try to cut the deficit and set up a tense final quarter.

Newark’s pack enjoyed their best period in the closing stages to work a try off a line-out drive for hooker Jed Chapple. Cox again landed the conversion for seemingly a match-winning advantage of 24-17.

Yet there was a final twist during prolonged injury time. Ilkeston maintained possession from their own 22 on the back of those penalties. Eventually, the pressure paid off and Newark were penalised at a maul in their own 22 when the referee ran under the posts to signal a penalty try and conversion. 24-24!

Newark play away again next Saturday (Jan 19), at Ashbourne in the re-arranged league game from last month, Kick off 2.15pm.

Team: Hunter-Shaw; Watts, Charles, Britten, Ford; Cox, Overland; Coulam, Chapple, Himsworth, Bagga, Mattysz, Watt, Godfrey, Garland.

Subs: Hempstead, Duncan, Tweedie.

Tries: Coulam, Tweedie, Chapple.

Conversions: Cox (3).

Penalty goal: Cox.

Scoring sequence: 7-0 Coulam try & Cox con, 10-0 Cox pen, 10-5 Ilkeston try (ht); 17-5 Tweedie try & Cox con, 17-10 Ilkeston try, 17-17 Ilkeston try & con, 24-17 Chapple try & Cox con, 24-24 Ilkeston pen try/con.

Photos provided by Tommy Pykett can be found "HERE"

Key moments

Try Mason Coulam ® scores for Newark
Conversion Matthew Cox ® kicks a conversion for Newark
Penalty Matthew Cox ® kicks a penalty for Newark
Try Try for Ilkeston
Try Findlay Tweedie ® scores for Newark
Conversion Matthew Cox ® kicks a conversion for Newark
Try Try for Ilkeston
Try Try for Ilkeston
Conversion Conversion for Ilkeston
Try Jed Chapple ® scores for Newark
Conversion Matthew Cox ® kicks a conversion for Newark
Conversion Conversion for Ilkeston


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79:23 Conversion 24 - 24
Conversion for Ilkeston
79:00 Penalty Try
Penalty try awarded to Ilkeston
68:26 Conversion 17 - 24
Matthew Cox ® kicks a conversion for Newark
68:00 Try 17 - 22
Jed Chapple ® scores for Newark
65:29 Conversion 17 - 17
Conversion for Ilkeston
65:00 Try 15 - 17
Try for Ilkeston
60:00 Try 10 - 17
Try for Ilkeston
50:24 Conversion 5 - 17
Matthew Cox ® kicks a conversion for Newark
50:00 Try 5 - 15
Findlay Tweedie ® scores for Newark
End of period 1
39:00 Try 5 - 10
Try for Ilkeston
35:00 Penalty 0 - 10
Matthew Cox ® kicks a penalty for Newark
20:20 Conversion 0 - 7
Matthew Cox ® kicks a conversion for Newark
20:00 Try 0 - 5
Mason Coulam ® scores for Newark
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Ilkeston
  • Newark
  • 0
  • Mason Coulam ® Try 20:00'
  • Matthew Cox ® Conversion 20:20'
  • Matthew Cox ® Penalty 35:00'
  • Try 39:00'
  • Findlay Tweedie ® Try 50:00'
  • Matthew Cox ® Conversion 50:24'
  • Try 60:00'
  • Try 65:00'
  • Conversion 65:29'
  • Jed Chapple ® Try 68:00'
  • Matthew Cox ® Conversion 68:26'
  • Penalty Try 79:00'
  • Conversion 79:23'

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# Team Pl Pts
6. Lincoln 22 53
7. Market Rasen & Louth 21 53
8. Newark 22 50
9. Ilkeston 21 49
10. Matlock 21 45
11. Southwell 22 23
12. Ashby 21 19

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