U14s WIN THE NLD CUP FINAL
By Newark RUFC - WEB SITE
written by Richard Staniforth
Checked by Gaz Morgan
On a day we had prepared for, for the last two months, we turned up at Derby for the NLD Cup final just as the heavans started to open.
Against opposition in Spalding, a tough team we had never played before but had heard a lot about, we knew the weather was just going to make the game that much harder.
After an emotional shirt presentation from Mason Coulam and Adam Doran set the juices flowing in the dressing room, we knew we had to put them under pressure from the start and that what was delivered.
From a long kick off and a couple of phases of play Ethan managed to secure brilliantly a loose ball. The play was moved left and then fly half Ben put a delicate cross field kick to the corner that was superbly gathered up by Tom to score near the corner. The conversion was missed.
The Spalding kick off found left winger Edwin, who gathered and managed to beat 3 defenders with a fantastic solo run. With the conversion completed we were 12-0 after 5 mins. Just as the game plan said!
Spalding came back into the game strongly and put us under pressure inside our 22. Strong defence eventully saw us clear our lines and we worked our way into their half. As we continued to move forward to their line we were awarded a penalty, successfully completed by Ben.
Our plan of a fast start was coming to plan, but Spalding hit back with some sustained pressure and eventually a poor clearance enabled them to attack through a disorganised defence and score with a converted try.
The hits now started to get harder by both sides as no inch seemed to be given. Big hits we made by all but in particular by Ethan, Johno, Will S and Jacob and these kept us somewhat on the front foot.
Eventually a period of pressure in Spalding's 22, saw George power over after a sustained succesion of forward drives. Although the conversion was missed we turned round at 20-7 up.
The second half was to change,Spalding put us under a lot of pressure in all parts of the field as they strove to get back into the game. The rain now started to come down heavily and the Derby mud was starting to take its toll as mistakes were now being made by both sides.
Newark started to make errors and wrong decisions in both open play and at penalties. Spalding began to hit back and were becoming the dominant side. With 10 minutes to go Spalding's relentless pressure saw them go over for a converted try. 20 -14
Newark fought back well, but with 3 minutes to go, strong play from Spalding saw them work their way up the pitch and eventually score.
Fortunately for Newark the conversion was missed and the last 2 minutes was spent playing in Spalding's 22 before the whistle went.
Final result 20-19 to Newark
This was not a game for the faint hearted and both sets of players gave their all in very difficult conditions. Thankfully for Newark to the die landed in their favour but thoughts for Spalding who gave their all and just fell short. A worthy opposition who we look forward to playing again at the end of the month
To the Newark boys well played and for showing the heart and passion you gave today. You would not have won it without it. It makes those hard training nights worth it!
We will never forget Derby's mud and rain as the venue for our first ever competitive cup final win.