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1st XV - Match centre

East Retford
Chesterfield Panthers
J Freeman, D Lodge, D Howard
D Preece
Sat 9 Feb 14:15 - Midlands Division - Midlands 4 East (North) Full time

Victory built on solid defence!


East Retford 1st XV 17 Pts v Chesterfield 1st XV 0 Pts

The 1st team this week produced their finest defensive display of the season to maintain a seven point gap at the top of the league. Playing with the wind in the first half, Retford dominated early territory but came away without points. This was until Dave Howard made a trademark run to beat a number of forwards to open the scoring, converted by Dan Preece.

Credit to Chesterfield for their relentless and structured attacking play, but Retford held strong time and time again. The first half defence was led well by Ed Bailey Hobbs, who was strong in contact. Having very little possession Retford had to be clinical. From their own half, quick possession and then great handling down the backline saw the ball reach Dan Preece who drew his man well, to release winger Dan Lodge down the touchline. He sprinted 30 metres, bouncing off and evading tacklers well, to go in at the corner. 12-0 at half time.
Knowing it would be difficult playing into the wind, Retford braced themselves for a gruelling second half. Both the backs and forwards were very brave in defence. Stand out defenders were Simon Philips and youngster Ryan Mellins, who as always used great power and technique in the tackle.

Will Wilkinson also made a huge impact off the bench on his return to the side, stopping a number in their stride with some huge hits. Retford’s teamwork and resilience was optimised by the 20 minutes spent defending their own try line, not to concede a try, saved by the last ditch effort of Howard’s right boot.

East Retford 1st XV v Chesterfield Panthers 1st XV
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Putting bodies on the line meant Retford came away without conceding, despite two yellow cards. Retford finished the game in style. After 30 minutes with their backs against the wall, great handling meant the ball found its way to Josh Nicklin who burst from inside the 22, to go on and draw his man and release Josh Freeman who ran 50 metres down the wing to score, a sublime counter attacking try.

Man of the match this week was Dan Lodge for his excellent attacking and defensive display on the wing.

Daniel Lodge

Player of the Match

Daniel Lodge

Key moments

Try Josh Freeman scores for East Retford
Try Daniel Lodge scores for East Retford
Try David Howard scores for East Retford
Conversion Danny Preece kicks a conversion for East Retford

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80:00 Player of the Match
Daniel Lodge is awarded player of the match for East Retford
End of period 1
4:00 Conversion 17 - 0
Danny Preece kicks a conversion for East Retford
3:00 Try 15 - 0
David Howard scores for East Retford
2:00 Try 10 - 0
Daniel Lodge scores for East Retford
1:00 Try 5 - 0
Josh Freeman scores for East Retford
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  • East Retford
  • Chesterfield Panthers
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  • Josh Freeman Try 1:00'
  • Daniel Lodge Try 2:00'
  • David Howard Try 3:00'
  • Danny Preece Conversion 4:00'

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League table

# 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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