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1st XV - Match centre

East Retford
Amber Valley
M Phillips (2), J Mee, R Purdew, D Fielding, S Palmer, D Lodge, J Freeman (2)
Tries
J Freeman (3), D Preece (3)
Conversions
Sat 19 Jan 14:15 - Midlands Division - Midlands 4 East (North) Full time

COMPREHENSIVE VICTORY FOR 1ST XV

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East Retford 1st XV 57 Amber Valley 1st XV 6

Retford eventually settled after a frantic and scrappy start to the game, to build attacking phases and set up centre Mikey Phillips to open the scoring. A Valley penalty made it 5-3 but Retford soon responded with good all-round forward play, allowing Ed Driver to make a trade mark line break, offloading to Dave Howard in support, putting the ever-present Jordan Mee in for the second, converted by Preece. It was then sharp work at the breakdown, led by Simon Phillips, that allowed quick turnover ball to be spread to Mikey Phillips who blitzed through for his second. Valley’s only response was through a second penalty and with the score at 17-6, Retford began to dominate. Front row Helliwell, Dove and Palmer were powerful in every scrum which set a platform for Howard to attack from number 8, only to be tackled a metre short. Scrum half Rob Purdew was quick to react and snipe from the ruck and dive over to score. 24-6 to Retford at half time.

Retford maintained the pressure throughout the second half and were unlucky to be help up over the line. Dan Fielding made a big impact of the bench to score a deserved try on his return, which was soon followed by Simon Palmer’s try, who hit a strong line, well converted by captain Preece. Further constructive rugby from Retford saw them start to turn defence into attack with quick ruck ball and powerful tackling led by Ed Bailey-Hobbs at the lineout. Dan Lodge this time finished strong attacking play by beating two defenders to score from out wide. The last 10 minutes belonged to winger Josh Freeman who expertly converted the final two tries from either touchline, and also scored two tries of his own, using speed, a great sidestep and powerful hand off to beat his opposite man twice. Full credit to Amber Valley for their own resilient performance. Man of the Match this week was Simon Phillips for a fine display at openside flanker. Plenty to improve but Retford remain full of confidence as they visit in form Boston next week.

Simon Phillips

Player of the Match

Simon Phillips

Key moments

1:00
Try Mike Phillips scores for East Retford
2:00
Try Mike Phillips scores for East Retford
3:00
Try Jordan Mee scores for East Retford
4:00
Try Rob Purdew scores for East Retford
5:00
Try Dan Fielding scores for East Retford
6:00
Try Simon Palmer scores for East Retford
7:00
Try Daniel Lodge scores for East Retford
8:00
Try Josh Freeman scores for East Retford
9:00
Try Josh Freeman scores for East Retford
10:00
Conversion Josh Freeman kicks a conversion for East Retford
11:00
Conversion Josh Freeman kicks a conversion for East Retford
12:00
Conversion Josh Freeman kicks a conversion for East Retford
13:00
Conversion Danny Preece kicks a conversion for East Retford
14:00
Conversion Danny Preece kicks a conversion for East Retford
15:00
Conversion Danny Preece kicks a conversion for East Retford

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Retford 1st XV v Amber Valley  1st XV
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Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Simon Phillips is awarded player of the match for East Retford
End of period 1
15:00 Conversion 57 - 0
Danny Preece kicks a conversion for East Retford
14:00 Conversion 55 - 0
Danny Preece kicks a conversion for East Retford
13:00 Conversion 53 - 0
Danny Preece kicks a conversion for East Retford
12:00 Conversion 51 - 0
Josh Freeman kicks a conversion for East Retford
11:00 Conversion 49 - 0
Josh Freeman kicks a conversion for East Retford
10:00 Conversion 47 - 0
Josh Freeman kicks a conversion for East Retford
9:00 Try 45 - 0
Josh Freeman scores for East Retford
8:00 Try 40 - 0
Josh Freeman scores for East Retford
7:00 Try 35 - 0
Daniel Lodge scores for East Retford
6:00 Try 30 - 0
Simon Palmer scores for East Retford
5:00 Try 25 - 0
Dan Fielding scores for East Retford
4:00 Try 20 - 0
Rob Purdew scores for East Retford
3:00 Try 15 - 0
Jordan Mee scores for East Retford
2:00 Try 10 - 0
Mike Phillips scores for East Retford
1:00 Try 5 - 0
Mike Phillips scores for East Retford
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As it happened

  • East Retford
  • Amber Valley
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  • Mike Phillips Try 1:00'
  • Mike Phillips Try 2:00'
  • Jordan Mee Try 3:00'
  • Rob Purdew Try 4:00'
  • Dan Fielding Try 5:00'
  • Simon Palmer Try 6:00'
  • Daniel Lodge Try 7:00'
  • Josh Freeman Try 8:00'
  • Josh Freeman Try 9:00'
  • Josh Freeman Conversion 10:00'
  • Josh Freeman Conversion 11:00'
  • Josh Freeman Conversion 12:00'
  • Danny Preece Conversion 13:00'
  • Danny Preece Conversion 14:00'
  • Danny Preece Conversion 15:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Grimsby 26 109
2. Mellish 26 107
3. Cleethorpes 26 99
4. East Retford 26 99
5. Boston 26 89
6. North Hykeham 26 88
7. Ollerton 26 63

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