Retford March On in National Cup
It was a wet windy October afternoon that saw the Retford XV travel to Amber Valley for the second round of the “road to Twickenham” cup. The well drilled Retford side was clearly keen to get going and put this round to bed being the first team out to warm up and looking strong in doing so.
Retford took the KO and Joshua Freeman met the receiver and took man and ball to ground play soon shifted to the Retford 22 and a silly mistake saw Amber Valley having a shot at goal but the penalty was soon reversed after they tried to run the ball off the tee, Retford were soon in Amber valley territory and punishing the opposition with strong forward running eventually forcing a mistake from Amber Valley which gave captain Dan Preece the opportunity for an easy three points.
The restart was kicked straight into touch and gave Matthew Watt
and Joe Helliwell
chance to show their strength with a mighty scrum that gave the perfect platform for the backs to make big ground and run a play that would see Joshua Freeman score an impressive try unfortunately this would be the only time that Preece would miss the conversion.
After some hard work in defence and some impressive tackles by Helliwell and M Green the home team would see their first points by a driving maul over the Retford try line.
Retford came straight back at Amber valley and they could not find an answer for the Retford backs as Alistair Waring
and Jordan Mee
picked holes in the home team’s defensive line Mee would eventually break the line to score under the posts converted by Preece.
The strong Retford side didn’t let of the gas and pushed hard for another try before half time this would come from Joshua as he beat his man and raced for the corner again converted by Preece.
The second half would see the pace of the game lessen as both teams tired and the wet conditions made for hard handling, after more unnecessary penalties the home team would find themselves battering the Retford try line and eventually finding a gap and making the line.
Retford would soon relight the fire and make their way to the amber valley try line and strong running from Iain Balmer
and Harry salathiel
would open the gap for Preece to crash over the line and get the extras.
Amber valley would soon come back at Retford and score an easy penalty. This would be the last time they would score.
Retford would have one last try which would come with much controversy by Edward Bailey-Hobbs
as a high tackle was bestowed upon him as he went over the line and the ref giving Retford a penalty restart so it could be conceived as team try.
In all it was a hard fought match by both teams in challenging conditions.
Men of the match go to Dan Preece in the forwards and Ali Waring in the backs for his unbreakable tackling and controlled attacking under pressure. Next week the 1st XV are back in League action away at Ashfield.