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1st XV - Match centre

East Retford
Gainsborough
S Phillips, D Fielding, s dove, M Sykes, S Palmer
Tries
C Trenham
Penalties
Sat 9 Mar 15:00 - Midlands Division - Midlands 4 East (North) Full time

Back to Winning Ways

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East Retford 1st XV 28 Pts v Gainsborough 1st XV 5 Pts

After a sorry defeat to Worksop in the previous week’s game Retford were looking to get some new wheels on their chariot and get back to the winning ways but this was going to be a challenge with nine players out from selection. With players playing out of position it proved hard to settle into any rhythm but it was Retford who made the first inroads.

An early penalty came Retford’s way but with the windy conditions it was always going to prove difficult to kick and was pushed wide. This was however repeated some moments later and Chris Trenham slotted the kick for a three point lead. Ten minutes later another kick missed the target before Gainsborough were to prove they were not there just for the ride and with a speculative chip over the top the Gainsborough winger pounced on the ball for a try and the lead.

For the next twenty minutes or so both sides struggled in the conditions with some very scrappy play with very little structure. It took until the end of the half before Retford could gain momentum and apply some pressure through their forwards for Simon Phillips to finish the job off with a good forwards try. This gave the home side a winning margin at the interval of eight points to five.

East Retford 1st xv  v Gainsborough 1st xv
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Retford started better in the second half gaining ground through some good running and solid support play but it took some ten minutes to break the visitors down before some more good handling saw the ball passed to Dan Fielding who crashed over for a try. Two yellow cards were issued to the visitors for some dubious tackling and Retford made the numbers count as shaun dove spotted a gap from scrum half to go over for Retford’s third try.

Retford were asserting the authority at this stage and after the forwards turned over the ball in the scrum the ball was taken on and several phases later Simon Palmer was in support to finish the move off with a well worked try fourth and bonus point try. The best play of the match was left to near the end of the match with Retford on the front foot going through the phases once again before a timely pass found Mick Sykes who hit a great line to score under the posts, once again the conversion was wayward.

Highlights of the game were Ed Bailey-Hobbs clearly over the line but managing to spill the ball and then Luke Hewgill with nobody in front of him and a clear run to the line seemed to get shot by a sniper as he crumpled up as he hit the floor both earning a Donkey award. Man of the Match was given justly to the stand in Captain on the day Dave Howard who led the team well but was unfortunate to finish the game injured a broken fibula and a dislocated ankle courtesy of EBH.

A week off for the first fifteen this week but look forward to a trip to Grimsby the following week a must win game with only four matches in the league remaining.

David Howard

Player of the Match

David Howard

Key moments

1:00
Try Simon Phillips scores for East Retford
2:00
Try Dan Fielding scores for East Retford
3:00
Try shaun dove scores for East Retford
4:00
Try Mick Sykes scores for East Retford
5:00
Try Simon Palmer scores for East Retford
6:00
Penalty Chris Trenham kicks a penalty for East Retford

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East Retford 1st xv  v Gainsborough 1st xv
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Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
David Howard is awarded player of the match for East Retford
End of period 1
6:00 Penalty 28 - 0
Chris Trenham kicks a penalty for East Retford
5:00 Try 25 - 0
Simon Palmer scores for East Retford
4:00 Try 20 - 0
Mick Sykes scores for East Retford
3:00 Try 15 - 0
shaun dove scores for East Retford
2:00 Try 10 - 0
Dan Fielding scores for East Retford
1:00 Try 5 - 0
Simon Phillips scores for East Retford
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  • East Retford
  • Gainsborough
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  • Simon Phillips Try 1:00'
  • Dan Fielding Try 2:00'
  • shaun dove Try 3:00'
  • Mick Sykes Try 4:00'
  • Simon Palmer Try 5:00'
  • Chris Trenham Penalty 6:00'

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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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