First XV Match Report
Hat-tricks from James Kirk, Jack Kinsey and Josh Pratt ensured Lincoln claimed an emphatic 65-5 home win over Ashby in their first game since sealing the league title.
Jack McGill crossed for two tries and added five conversions to complete the rout and put champions Lincoln 22 points clear at the top of the table.
Lincoln blew their opponents away with a fantastic first-half display but it took 12 minutes for the hosts to open the scoring. Conor Morgan put in a good tackle before Kinsey won the ball and powered over for a try.
Ashby had a chance to level the scores midway through the half when a good run saw the visitors almost clear with only one man to beat but McGill was on hand to stop the attack with a great tackle.
Lincoln took a firmer grip on the game when three tries in five minutes saw them build up too big a lead for the visitors to overhaul.
Quick hands saw the ball shipped out wide for Kirk to sprint clear for a try in the corner before a perfectly-timed off-load from Kinsey released the winger to run in for his second soon after.
An offload in the tackle from Morgan set up McGill who beat a several defenders on his way to scoring a great try which he also converted.
Lincoln were in complete control of the game and added a further three tries to take in a commanding 41-0 lead at the break.
Ben Sykes ran from near halfway beating three players before being tackled deep in the opposition half. Jim Calveley then off-loaded for Pratt to score. McGill added the extras.
McGill passed to Pratt to score his second try of the afternoon near the corner before Kirk completed a fine first-half hat-trick. A great break by Leigh Dearden released Glen White to go on a run before the forward set up Kirk to sprint clear for a try. McGill successfully slotted over the conversion.
Not only had Lincoln been dominant in attack but their defensive line was excellent to keep Ashby out and the hosts soon added to their lead within five minutes of the restart.
Quick hands through the backs and good yards from Kinsey set up McGill who side-stepped and weaved his way through the defence to score under the posts.
Lincoln’s performance dipped in the second half though they still managed a further three tries to complete what was a great result.
Kirk powered through several tackles before the ball was worked back out wide to Pratt to go over for a try and complete his hat-trick. McGill converted.
Ashby ran onto a kick to score their only try of the match with around 10 minutes remaining but Lincoln soon resumed control.
Kirk and McGill combined to set up Kinsey to run in and score his second try of the afternoon. McGill once more converted.
Kinsey then became the third Lincoln player to score a hat-trick in the match. Kirk was tackled just short of the line before the ball was popped out of a ruck for Kinsey to go over for a try.
POST MATCH COMMENTS
Hat-trick hero and man of the match James Kirk was impressed with his side’s display, but admitted the second-half performance wasn’t as strong.
“It was nice to play in the sun and the weather suited us in the backs,” said Kirk. “In the first half this showed and it opened up for us and the backs were awesome.
“In the second half we were slow and dropped down a few gears and allowed them back in but it’s always good to get 60 odd points at home.”