Great Start to the Season for the Under 15's
By Stephanie Milligan
A Win and a Bonus Point in the First Round of the NLD Cup
Newark’s first match of the season was, by pure coincidence, a re-match of last season’s NLD final where the boys had a great win at Chesterfield against Keyworth.
That was a tough and hard fought match and the opening game of the season was also the first cup tie. This season the teams compete in 2 pools with the winner of each group going through to the final.
With no game time for nearly 4 months it was going to be a challenge but lots of hard work has gone on over the Summer and the beginning of the season with both fitness training and skills. The gruelling physical training at Farndon with Stuart Birch might give our boys an advantage over the opposition.
The game started and after only a minute or so a Penalty was awarded to Keyworth. They kicked - 3-0. Keyworth were in front and there was still nearly an hour to go. Parents, coaches and the boys were looking anxious.
But not for long....
Newark bounced back quickly with a try from Millo after 3 minutes in far corner. 5-3 to Newark.
Ben D scored another after Millo’s attempt by the posts was held up on try line. Newark scrum, out to backs, and a great try. 10-3.
Play moved up Keyworth end again and there were several lineouts due to the opposition’s defensive kicking.
Newark took possession. Ben D passed out to Millo back to Ben D - some quick attacking - Ben D scored in corner. 15-3. Parents / coaches / boys start to relax a little.
Ben T came on for Adam at 26 mins. Keyworth were making ground and putting us under pressure. Newark having regained half a pitch with great running from the backs and Tom Farrell making good ground.
Will C scored a great try after sustained pressure from the Newark forwards making it 20-3.
A kick from Ben Lee well in to the Keyworth half.
Newark won a scrum. Will C scores a quick try. 25-3. It was a classic No.8 pickup from Will and a textbook execution. Newark were looking comfortable and in control.
The next 15 mins saw some errors on both sides and the play moving around the pitch with both sides digging in and no points. Keyworth suffered 2 injuries and some stoppage time accrued. Will C’s tackle was judged to have been a contravention of the rules and he was invited to spend some time in the Sin Bin. Newark were now down to 14 but some fresh legs had come on as all the subs were given at least half a game and stepped up to the challenge with enthusiasm and commitment.
Newark then made a break when Ben Lee ran 50m down the wing through 4 tackles including a terrified Keyworth full back to score. The training with Stuart and the raw meat was paying off.
30-3 to Newark.
There were further shenanigans for about 10 mins with Keyworth giving a spirited fight back and making ground - it looked very much like they were going to score. Newark dug in and repelled each attack.
Monty was having a great game taking the high balls well and delivering crunching and sometimes try saving tackles.
Our front row dominated the scrums and were backed up in the loose play by forwards who got there first and consistently drove the Keyworth players off the ball.
Newark then counter attacked one last time and Ben Daniels scored under the posts. Converted by Ben Lee. 37-3. Final score.
Well done boys. A convincing win against last year’s NLD finalists. A testament to Charlie and the other coaches hard work and the fitness training put in over the Summer.
It was nice to see so many parents and boys who were not playing at the Keyworth Ground supporting the Newark team.
The Newark forwards dominated and the backs were fast and the passing slick.
If Sunday’s performance is anything to go by, then anything is possible this season. Hard work and self belief will be the key.
Written by Chris Milligan
Checked by Charles Paley