Second XV Match Report


Mitch Ashworth crossed for two tries as Lincoln’s 2nd XV recovered from a poor start to claim a hard-fought 29-17 win at Southwell.

Ben Rickards and Chris Tan also got their names on the scoresheet, while Brad Nixon added two conversions and a penalty.

Southwell made a blistering start by scoring a try inside the opening minute of the match which seemed to bring the Lincoln lads to life.

The hosts were playing some good rugby, but some heroic defence, especially on the line, kept Lincoln in the game. There was an odd break in Southwell pressure from Lincoln turnovers but eventually the hosts scored another try.

Ashworth scored his first try of the afternoon against the run of play to keep Lincoln in the game at 12-5 at half-time. The scrum-half, who switched to centre for this game, went over for a try in the corner on the blind side, but Nixon was unable to add the extras on this occasion.

Lincoln really got their game plan into action in the second half and started to play phases and created space for their backs to play but it was Southwell who were next to score as the hosts increased their lead. However Lincoln rallied, started to believe in themselves and went on to score three unanswered tries and a penalty.

A good move through the hands set up Tan to fend off his man and score a great try in the corner which Nixon converted.

Lincoln levelled the scores after being awarded a second penalty in quick succession when the opposition failed to get back 10. Ashworth then took a quick tap penalty and showed good strength to go over for a try.

Lincoln completed the turnaround as an overlap on the left led to quick hands setting up Rickards to sprint down the wing to score. Nixon added the extras before slotting over a penalty to increase the visitors’ advantage.

After the match coach Aaron Bird said: “It was a tale of two halves. When we believe in each other and get our systems going we are a very good team.

“This was a wonderful team effort and the whole match-day squad contributed to this. It is a pleasure to coach these lads and one day a lot of this team will be winning games for the first team.”

Joseph Verney

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