First XV Match Report
LINCOLN 1ST XV 45 MANSFIELD 1ST XV 8 MIDLANDS THREE EAST (NORTH)
James Kirk crossed for two tries as Lincoln edged another step closer to promotion with a 45-8 home win over Mansfield.
Jack Kinsey, Will Scammell, Jim Calveley, David Beveridge and Josh Pratt also got their names on the scoresheet, while Jack McGill added five conversions.
With Belper losing to Sleaford it means that Lincoln can win the title if they win away at Rolls Royce in their next league match.
Mansfield lost a player to the sin bin inside the opening five minutes and Lincoln soon took advantage by scoring the first try of the match. Jacob Hardy sidestepped a few men on a great run before Kinsey ran a superb line to collect the flanker’s offload and go over for a try. McGill added the extras.
The visitors reduced the deficit to four points midway through the first half as John Ross-Ward slotted over a penalty following a good spell of Mansfield pressure.
Lincoln increased their lead after 28 minutes when captain Harry Cowles made good yards before offloading to Kinsey. The centre then passed to Scammell and the full-back to race down the wing and cut inside for a try under the posts, which McGill converted.
The hosts added a third try in the closing stages of the first half to extend their lead to 21-3 going in at the break. Hardy caught the ball from a lineout before Kinsey made good yards upfield and the ball was worked back out wide to McGill, who offloaded for Kirk to run in for a try. McGill added the extras.
Lincoln lost Leigh Dearden, who was later dismissed, to the sin bin in the opening minutes of the second half, but it didn’t stop the hosts from adding to their lead soon after. Kirk ran from inside his own half for a great try and McGill once again successfully slotted over the conversion.
Lincoln added a fifth try midway through the half after some lovely rugby put them in a great position deep inside the opposition half. Offloads from Harry Cowles and Scammell then put Calveley over for a try in the corner.
A big forwards drive saw Beveridge power over for a try before substitute Pratt scored Lincoln’s final try of the afternoon. Great work by scrum half Charlie Clark set up Scammell, who passed to Pratt and the winger sprinted clear from just beyond the halfway line to score a great try. McGill added the extras.
Lincoln produced some good defence on their own line to keep Mansfield out until Bruce Arnold forced his way over for an unconverted try.
POST MATCH COMMENTS Club chairman Tom Barton believes that Lincoln deserved the win despite not being at their best on the day.
“I didn’t think it displayed as well as it could have done our ability to play,” said Barton. “It was affected by the conditions, but the basic standard of play and the support came through to create the scores.
“The team ethos and team work were excellent and we maintained control of the game.”