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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"

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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. Dronfield 12 33
7. Lincoln 13 32
8. Newark 12 31
9. Matlock 12 30
10. Ilkeston 13 24
11. Ashby 13 19
12. Southwell 13 11

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