Cleethorpes second string travelled to face Lincoln 4th’s with a very strong looking team, containing a good mix of both young and old.
Captain for the day would be Matt Stinson, the first team vice captain who having recently return from long term injury, took the opportunity to build his fitness level.
The Meggies took the game to their counterparts from the first kick off and after some excellent passing, found themselves with a line out deep in the opposing half. A driving maul was called and the forwards drove forward, John Marris
broke off, drew in the defender and off loaded for scrum half Steve Broderick
to score in the corner. The Conversion missed.
Now brimming with confidence, the backs began to run the show, fly half Chuck Forrest dictating play, centres Burton and Grant smashing through the line with ease. Full back Richardson alongside wingers Bellamy and McGregor were running at will and it was the powerful Nathan Bellamy who scored the next try. Again a carbon copy of the first with pack leader Marris spinning off the back of a maul and off loading to the on rushing winger. Conversion missed.
Burton then quickly followed up with the next try after great break up play by the imposing Meggies forwards. Stinson finding his range to convert.
Then came Lincoln’s only real threat to the Cleethorpes try line. For the last ten minutes of half the host’s banged at the visitors door, only to be met by a wall of pure grit and determination not to concede.
The Meggies forwards were immense throughout, the Hamilton brothers again showing real potential at prop in only the third outings. Hooker Neal was arrow like at the line out all afternoon, with the second row pairing of Neve and Cook driving the scrum forward and in addition the never ageing John Neve
winning almost every line out. Back row forwards Pullen,Stinson and Marris caused havoc all game, in both defence and attack.
Half time: Lincoln 0 -17 Cleethorpes
A few changes were made at half time with Roberts, Carter and Pc Stu Catemull entering the fray.
Almost immediately came the next try, Burton brilliantly finding a gap on the half way line and quickly shifting through the gears to score under the post. Converted.
Brimming with real confidence all over the pitch, the rugby on show was a joy to watch. Man of the Match Nathan Bellamy was starting to show his true potential and smashed through two tacklers to score his second try in the corner. Brilliantly converted by Stinson.
Live wire full back Aaron Richardson
then danced through the Imp’s line to score a great individual try, beating all around him for pace with ease. Converted again.
Lincoln to their credit never gave in and played the game with true rugby dignity, but Cleethorpes with relentless.
After some scrappy and somewhat tired play from both teams came the last and best try of the day. Stinson and Marris, as they had done effectively all day, ripped the ball off the opposition forwards. Stinson set off down the wing, brilliantly drew in two defenders and off loaded to Marris. With two players on climbing on is back five metres out, the flanker somehow managed to pop up a pass to give the rapidly advancing Richardson his second try of the game. Converted again with aplomb.
The final whistle brought the end to a game what was a fantastic team performance and showed that Meggies have great strength in depth.
Final score Lincoln 4th 0 - 45 Cleethorpes 2nd
Most importantly it gave the whole senior squad a welcome boost after a hard few weeks, ahead of next Saturdays massive relegation battle were the 1ST team entertain East leake in a must win game.