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1st XV - Match centre

East Retford
C Trenham, J Nicklin
S Palmer
Sat 23 Mar 15:00 - Midlands Division - Midlands 4 East (North) Full time

Firsts well beaten at Grimsby


Grimsby 1st XV 29 Pts V East Retford 1st XV 12 Pts

Retford travelled to second placed Grimsby knowing a crucial win would boost their hopes of staying top. On a great afternoon for rugby, Grimsby dominated the first half in both possession and territory. Wave after wave of attacks and strong forward play led to the replacement of Michael Green early on, a huge blow to Retford’s defence.

From a five metre scrum the Grimsby number 8 picked up and powered over the line. Two further tries followed for Grimsby who proved their league position in second, both from turnover ball at the ruck and explosive attacking running.
Retford were never really allowed to play and 19-0 down at half time had a lot of work to do to pull the game back. Retford struck first in the second half through Chris Trenham out wide.

Building some pressure of their own, Retford was able to use good hands down the line to free space for Trenham to score. Grimsby however replied with more dominant play and replied with a penalty kick and fourth bonus point try with their winger stretching to score.
The defensive efforts of Josh Nicklin, Simon Phillips and Ryan Mellins must not go unmentioned who on a number of occasions drove Grimsby players back in the tackle area. In a last ditch attempt to salvage the game, Will Wilkinson drove forward and released Ed Driver who made an impact off the bench. He offloaded to centre Nicklin who raced over to score, quickly converted by Palmer, the score 29-12.

Grimsby RC 1st XV v East Retford RC 1st
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Grimsby then did everything they could to slow Retford’s impetus to see out the remaining 10 minutes. A disappointing afternoon in a very tough fixture, full credit to Grimsby for controlling the game and preventing Retford building any momentum in the game. With promotion still possible, Retford look now to hosting Meden Vale at home to get back to winning ways.

Key moments

Try Chris Trenham scores for East Retford
Try Josh Nicklin scores for East Retford
Conversion Simon Palmer kicks a conversion for East Retford

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Grimsby RC 1st XV v East Retford RC 1st
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76:00 Conversion 0 - 12
Simon Palmer kicks a conversion for East Retford
70:00 Try 0 - 10
Josh Nicklin scores for East Retford
65:00 Try 0 - 5
Chris Trenham scores for East Retford
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  • Chris Trenham Try 65:00'
  • Josh Nicklin Try 70:00'
  • Simon Palmer Conversion 76:00'

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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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