Newark gain revenge over bottom club
10:59am Wed Mar 08, 2017
Rob Dunning, of Newark 1sts, fends off the attentions of a Spalding player. 040317JT7-3
Rob Dunning, of Newark 1sts, fends off the attentions of a Spalding player. 040317JT7-3
Newark 1sts made amends for their loss earlier in the season by beating bottom club Spalding, 31-5, at home in Midlands Division Two East (North).
Their defeat in the reverse fixture was the league strugglers’ only victory of the season to date.

Newark were camped in Spalding’s half at the start but struggled to find a breakthrough thanks to some wayward passing.

After 20 minutes Newark’s superiority paid off and a poor clearance from Spalding resulted in a fluent move down the Newark left from which Mackie scored. Matt Law scored the conversion from a wide angle.

The remainder of the half was more even and Spalding got their first chance when they kicked a penalty into the corner, but a knock-on allowed Newark to clear their lines.

Newark started the second half at a canter and attacked down the left, winning an opposition line-out. The ball was spun right and Mackie added his second try.

Pressure was maintained and Newark were unlucky not to score after a fluent move involving Alex Scott, Ed Poulson and Matt Clark.

Spalding got back into the game with a try when a clearance resulted in a scrappy line-out that led to a Spalding breakaway.

Newark responded with a turnover on the right from the restart and a flowing move down the left saw Tate go over for the try. The conversion was missed.

A quick restart from a penalty saw Chaz Dixon shrug off a number of tackles for a try.

Within minutes he had repeated the process, this time finishing off the best move of the game with good forward offloads before the backs set him free to leave him accelerating past the Spalding full-back. Law converted.

Newark had already earned their bonus point, and there were no chances in the final ten minutes to extend their score.

Newark 2nds and Newark 3rds were both beaten. Notts Medics 2nds beat the seconds 41-17 while the thirds lost 27-26 to Castle Donington.

Southwell 1sts 73 Nottingham Casuals 1sts 14

An 11-try haul helped Southwell climb up to second in the Midlands Division Two East (North).

Their performance was one of the stand-out displays as Southwell’s three teams racked up 200 points between them.

James Barker followed up on some good work to break through the line to score the opening try.

Back rower Josh Hart made some strong running that saw him break through numerous tackles.

He benefitted from the space created to score a first-half hat-trick before being forced off with a minor eye injury.

With coach Dan Montagu and skipper Machin constant runners, the visitors had a hard time organising their defence against the attack.

Full-back Deleray Veenendaal soon added a fifth try out wide and winger Jack Skill also took a strong line through to score and give Southwell a big advantage.

Centre Mark Layfield and back-row Keelan Ward added two more tries before the half-time.

At the start of the second-half Casuals fought hard and were rewarded with a powerful surge from the pack to score.

Ward and Barker added second tries as Southwell moved further clear, before Casuals scored a second converted score.

The final try went to prop Nathan King, who bulldozed through the defence.

Paul Rich kicked nine conversions.

Southwell 2nds were 69-15 winners over Nottingham Casuals 2nds in a match in which the back-line dominated the scoring.

Winger Tom Broughton and centre Stefan Dahle Ortiz got deserved hat-tricks, Ed Jeffers scored two, and Kieron Brown, Jonny Burke and George Thompson also went over in an 11-try blitz.

There was a 58-22 win at Melton Mowbray for a Southwell 3rds side that mixed youth and experience.

Brian Hickey, Jon Godber, Rich Hayes and Tom Hinchley each scored two tries, while Mickey Warner and James Kirkham also went over.

Ollerton 1sts 43 Tupton 1sts 23

Ollerton came from behind to beat Tupton in Midlands Four East (North).

Tupton took a 10-6 lead with an early try while Ollerton were restricted to penalties by Ben Marson.

The home side responded, Jack Cranmer intercepting a Tupton move and winning a 60m race to score in the corner.

Winger Jonny Brannan finished well out wide after good midfield play and quick thinking from Diddy Wilson from a penalty allowed him to score before the break for a 25-10 lead.

Ollerton’s defence was working tirelessly to snuff out Tupton’s attacks, and further tries from Brannan, Dan Marrows and captain Alex Berry sealed the victory.

Tupton got two late consolation tries.

Newark under-16s 33 Stamford under-16s 5

A final spot was earned for Newark in the under-16 NLD Cup for the fourth year in a row.

They will face familiar rivals Derby, who they have beaten twice in finals in the last three years.

A penalty try gave Newark a 7-5 advantage at half-time, but they dominated after the break, scoring 26 unanswered points.

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