1ST XV Match Report - Dronfield v Lincoln
THE DRONFIELD FUNBUS ROLLS ON!
Watching Dronfield today could be compared to waiting for a bus with no score for 35 minutes then 2 tries come at once and just in time to grab the winning bonus point!
Dronfield welcomed Lincoln to Gosforth Fields in this Midlands 2 East (North) encounter. Dronfield were looking for the win to keep their promotion ambitions alive and also to avenge the 34-17 loss in the reverse fixture.
A feisty start saw a yellow card for the Lincoln number 8 on 2 minutes.
Dronfield's scrum was strong in the early encounters though and would be throughout the match setting a strong platform.
The first score of the game came on 11 minutes with a penalty for not releasing safely slotted by full back Joe Farrell. 3-0
A second yellow card for one of the Lincoln backs came soon after.
On 25 minutes Lincoln hit back with a penalty conceded for holding on. 3-3
The first try of the game came soon after with Dronfield moving the ball well, Luke Cocking set off with a run down the wing, subtly stepping two tackles on his way into the corner for a lovely try after a well executed back’s move. 10-3
On around 33 minutes Dronfield scored the second try with the other winger Tim Burn winning the foot race from a kicked forward ball to touch down for the try. 15-3
On 36 minutes the 3rd yellow card of the game went to Dronfield's own Hugo Ross.
On 39 minutes Dronfield were awarded a kickable penalty near the posts. They turned this down going for a quick tap and instantly regretted this as a sharp intercept by the Lincoln winger enabled him to run all the way to score at the other end. A ten point turnaround.
HALF TIME 15-10
Dronfield slotted a quick penalty on 2 minutes with Joe Farrell bringing the score to 18-10 from the halfway line.
For the next 35 minutes Dronfield frustrated their supporters and themselves as time and again they built scoring opportunities only to fall short late in the move after silly offloads or dropped balls. Lincoln sensed hope and continued to be dangerous.
In the last 3 minutes Dronfield's persistence paid off. First came a quick break from scrum half Jake Steade which caught Lincoln out and he put through centre AJ Hills for the third try. 25-10
Dronfield scored the bonus point try with what must be a contender for try of the season. Breaking from the back where Joe Farrell pounced on a loose ball inches from our try line and regained his feet to get Dronfield moving, then offloading to AJ, on to Mikey, Sam, Chris H, Wayne, Andy, Alex Arch and Jon. After the ruck was set, quick scrum half work from tighthead Mike found Alex again who found Matt and then Luke who ran the ball in the opposite corner with style, beating three would be defenders in the process.
There were great passes, running and power by backs and forwards, keeping the ball alive and moving forward with Luke taking the glory for the key try.
FINAL SCORE 10-25
Man of the Match - Luke Cocking
Next tie is on Wednesday, away at Glossop in the Derbyshire cup, kick off 7.45pm.