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RUGBY: ONE STEP TOO FAR FOR LINCOLN

Brave Lincoln narrowly lose cup final

LINCOLN 1ST XV 12
MARKET RASEN & LOUTH 1ST XV 22
LINCOLNSHIRE CUP FINAL
BY JOSEPH VERNEY

Lincoln can take heart from proving they can match teams from higher divisions after narrowly losing out 22-12 to local rivals Market Rasen & Louth in the Lincolnshire Cup Final at sunny Grimsby yesterday.

Tries from Josh Pratt and David Beveridge had seen Lincoln recover from 12-0 down to level the scores but it just wasn’t to be against a side currently two leagues above them.

Lincoln started strongly and piled early pressure on their opponents but mistakes proved costly for them and allowed Dan Robinson in for a try near the corner which he also converted.

Market Rasen increased their lead after 18 minutes when a loose pass was intercepted by Tom Stephens who ran in to score an unconverted try.

Lincoln reduced the deficit with a well-worked try seven minutes later. The ball was shipped out to Will Scammell who ran and drew in the man before off loading for Pratt to sprint in for a try.

Lincoln continued to attack in their opponents’ half but were unable to add any further points as the first half ended 12-5.

Market Rasen had a great chance to extend their lead within two minutes of the restart but their good attacking move was halted by a great tackle from Scammell.

Charlie Clark made a good run deep into the Rasen half as Lincoln tried to find a way back into the game but the scrum half picked up an injury in the process and was forced off. Conor Milnes came on as replacement to make his farewell appearance for the club before he moves to Ireland.

Lincoln levelled the scores after 48 minutes when Scammell and Sam Cowles were both stopped just short of the line before Beveridge forced himself over for a try. Jack McGill added the extras.

Rasen tried to restore their lead but a last-ditch tackle from Glen White and more solid defending kept them at bay.

Lincoln lost Jim Calveley to the sin bin after 56 minutes shortly after the referee had appeared to miss what looked like a knock on by Market Rasen.

Market Rasen edged back in front just after the hour mark when Dave Starling went over for a try. Robinson added a conversion and a penalty to give Rasen a 10-point lead.

Lincoln refused to give up and continued to put in a performance to do their club proud but Market Rasen held on for the victory that won them the cup.

POST MATCH COMMENTS
Harry Cowles, who was playing in his last game as captain, was proud of the performance of his team.

“I thought we played exceptionally well,” said Cowles. “We made some errors that cost us points but we matched them in a lot of departments and I couldn’t be prouder.

“We were playing a team two leagues above us but there was not a big gap between the two teams and I am proud of the performance.”

Report by Joseph Verney

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