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1st XV - Match centre

East Retford
Meden Vale
D Fielding, J Freeman (2), J Nicklin (2), R Mellins (2), S Palmer, D Lodge, C Trenham, M Pymm
Tries
D Preece (7)
Conversions
Sat 30 Mar 15:00 - Midlands Division - Midlands 4 East (North) Full time

1st XV Edge One Step Closer

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East Retford 1st XV 69 Pts V Medan Vale 1st XV 7 Pts

After a frantic start Retford made good ground through some powerful running in the forwards. The ball found its way to in form wing Dan Lodge to open the scoring. Simon Phillips then made a typical strong run to then release Freeman on the wing who chipped ahead. The supporting Josh Nicklin had the presence of mind to dive on the loose ball to score, Dan Preece adding the conversion.

Retford were then caught asleep in defence as Vale, in similar fashion, chipped ahead and with the luck of the bouncing ball scored under the posts.
Retford replied strongly through man of the match Ed Driver who made his first of many strong breaks! Simon Palmer then ran a great line in support to score Retford's third.

After early worries, Retford stabilized and then dominated the set piece to provide a platform for Retford to spin the ball wide to Nicklin to score his second. The score 24-7 at half time with Retford playing well supporting each other but with better to come.

East Retford RC 1st v Meden Vale RC1st
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After half time Retford then began their onslaught of tries. A counterattack saw the ball find its way to Chris Trenham to score first, which was followed by two converted tries by Ryan Mellins from more great attacking play. The ball then came out to the right wing to Josh Freeman who beat numerous defenders to score.

Will Wilkinson then made some great ground with some destructive running and then cleverly offloaded to fellow prop Dan Fielding to score the sixth. Freeman then set off from his own half after retrieving a clearance kick to blitz down the wing and score his second. The Retford bench was used well throughout the afternoon and the experienced Mick Sykes released Mark Pymm, who burst through a gap and in what seemed like slow motion, crossed for Retford's final try.

Retford have given captain Preece some much needed practice at conversions this week ahead of a crunch game next week with Mellish. Man of the match Ed Driver was exceptional at number 8 and did well to last 80 minutes. All the back line was exceptional throughout and a great home win to take Retford to joint top of the table.

Key moments

1:00
Try Dan Fielding scores for East Retford
2:00
Try Josh Freeman scores for East Retford
3:00
Try Josh Freeman scores for East Retford
4:00
Try Josh Nicklin scores for East Retford
5:00
Try Josh Nicklin scores for East Retford
6:00
Try Ryan Mellins scores for East Retford
7:00
Try Ryan Mellins scores for East Retford
8:00
Try Simon Palmer scores for East Retford
9:00
Try Daniel Lodge scores for East Retford
10:00
Try Chris Trenham scores for East Retford
11:00
Try Mark Pymm scores for East Retford
41:00
Conversion Danny Preece kicks a conversion for East Retford
42:00
Conversion Danny Preece kicks a conversion for East Retford
43:00
Conversion Danny Preece kicks a conversion for East Retford
44:00
Conversion Danny Preece kicks a conversion for East Retford
45:00
Conversion Danny Preece kicks a conversion for East Retford
46:00
Conversion Danny Preece kicks a conversion for East Retford
47:00
Conversion Danny Preece kicks a conversion for East Retford

Videos and photos

East Retford RC 1st v Meden Vale RC1st
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Highlights

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47:00 Conversion 69 - 0
Danny Preece kicks a conversion for East Retford
46:00 Conversion 67 - 0
Danny Preece kicks a conversion for East Retford
45:00 Conversion 65 - 0
Danny Preece kicks a conversion for East Retford
44:00 Conversion 63 - 0
Danny Preece kicks a conversion for East Retford
43:00 Conversion 61 - 0
Danny Preece kicks a conversion for East Retford
42:00 Conversion 59 - 0
Danny Preece kicks a conversion for East Retford
41:00 Conversion 57 - 0
Danny Preece kicks a conversion for East Retford
End of period 1
11:00 Try 55 - 0
Mark Pymm scores for East Retford
10:00 Try 50 - 0
Chris Trenham scores for East Retford
9:00 Try 45 - 0
Daniel Lodge scores for East Retford
8:00 Try 40 - 0
Simon Palmer scores for East Retford
7:00 Try 35 - 0
Ryan Mellins scores for East Retford
6:00 Try 30 - 0
Ryan Mellins scores for East Retford
5:00 Try 25 - 0
Josh Nicklin scores for East Retford
4:00 Try 20 - 0
Josh Nicklin scores for East Retford
3:00 Try 15 - 0
Josh Freeman scores for East Retford
2:00 Try 10 - 0
Josh Freeman scores for East Retford
1:00 Try 5 - 0
Dan Fielding scores for East Retford
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As it happened

  • East Retford
  • Meden Vale
  • 0
  • Dan Fielding Try 1:00'
  • Josh Freeman Try 2:00'
  • Josh Freeman Try 3:00'
  • Josh Nicklin Try 4:00'
  • Josh Nicklin Try 5:00'
  • Ryan Mellins Try 6:00'
  • Ryan Mellins Try 7:00'
  • Simon Palmer Try 8:00'
  • Daniel Lodge Try 9:00'
  • Chris Trenham Try 10:00'
  • Mark Pymm Try 11:00'
  • Danny Preece Conversion 41:00'
  • Danny Preece Conversion 42:00'
  • Danny Preece Conversion 43:00'
  • Danny Preece Conversion 44:00'
  • Danny Preece Conversion 45:00'
  • Danny Preece Conversion 46:00'
  • Danny Preece Conversion 47:00'

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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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