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1st XV - Match centre

East Retford
Skegness
M Phillips, D Preece, H salathiel, J Nicklin (3), S Phillips
Full time
D Preece (4)
D Preece
Sat 21 Apr 15:00 - Midlands Division - Midlands 4 East (North)

1st XV Finish with a Win

East Retford 1st XV 44 Pts V Skegness 1st XV 10 Pts

Retford entertained Skegness in their last league match of the season in a game that Skegness needed to win to survive in the league but Retford also wanted to extend their winning run to six on the bounce and consolidate their third place in what has turned out to be a very good season.

Retford got off to a slow start having the ball turned over from the kick off but Luke Osbourne robbed it back and a solid run by Mikey Phillips took the side up to halfway and things could settle down. Skegness were fired up and were taking chances bordering on the offside but putting Retford under pressure not letting the side get into any sort of rhythm.

An early penalty chance drifted wide on the wind but five minutes later the Skegness centre was yellow carded for a deliberate knock on and Dan Preece converted the ensuing penalty for a three point lead. This should have settled the nerves but Skegness came back working their way up the park through their forwards and eventually scoring in the corner taking the lead by two points.

Retford needed quicker ball and when they produced it the backs got on the front foot and Josh Nicklin was on hand to finish the move with a great burst of pace to score an unconverted try. This was soon followed by a great run by Simon Phillips and then on to Preece whose turn of pace shocked the crowd as he outpaced the Skegness winger kept him at bay with a couple of handoffs to score in the corner and at this stage Retford were out playing the visitors in all departments.

Skegness on the other hand were not giving up and as half time approached and excellent move in the Skegness back line saw their player hit the gap and run clear though to score and although he was close to the posts the kick was missed giving Retford a lead of thirteen points to ten at the interval. Retford knew that if they tidied up their game and got the passes right then there was definitely more in the tank.

Just five minutes after the restart Preece added a penalty to increase the lead before Retford hit their stride using quicker ball and faster pace to outwit their opponents. Nicklin broke through on the right hand side to outpace the Skegness defence and score his second converted by Preece this was followed shortly after by some superb forward play inter passing and taking on the opposition before a break by Preece who then passed on to Simon Phillips then on to Nicklin who stepped his man to score his third try under the posts again converted by Preece.

Retford then lost their prop Joe (ten minute) Helliwell for a high tackle who was shown a yellow card before almost from the kick off Retford came storming back up the pitch with some more brilliant passing skills before passing to scrum half Mikey Phillips to run clear and score another converted try. Then to put the game to bed as they say again from the kick off the forwards on another rampaging run saw Harry salathiel bounce off his would be tackler to score again under the posts making a simple conversion for Preece to round off the scoring.

After a slow start Retford put in a fantastic second half display with the Men of the match awards going to Simon Phillips in the backs and to Captain Dan Preece for an excellent match in the forwards with Donkey going to Joe Helliwell for giving the excuse of the player he tackled was to small that’s why it was a high tackle. Retford 1st team look forward to finishing the season off in style with a final against Medan Vale at Nottingham Lady Bay Ground – 1 Holme Road, West Bridgford Saturday 5th May kick off 2pm.

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Simon Phillips

Player of the Match

Simon Phillips
Danny Preece

Player of the Match

Danny Preece

Key moments

1:00
Try Mike Phillips scores for East Retford
2:00
Conversion Danny Preece kicks a conversion for East Retford
3:00
Try Danny Preece scores for East Retford
4:00
Conversion Danny Preece kicks a conversion for East Retford
5:00
Try Harry salathiel scores for East Retford
6:00
Conversion Danny Preece kicks a conversion for East Retford
7:00
Try Josh Nicklin scores for East Retford
8:00
Try Josh Nicklin scores for East Retford
9:00
Try Josh Nicklin scores for East Retford
10:00
Conversion Danny Preece kicks a conversion for East Retford
11:00
Penalty Danny Preece kicks a penalty for East Retford
15:00
Try Simon Phillips scores for East Retford

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Danny Preece is awarded player of the match for East Retford
80:00 Player of the Match
Simon Phillips is awarded player of the match for East Retford
50:00 Yellow Card
Joe Helliwell is yellow carded for East Retford
End of period 1
15:00 Try 46 - 0
Simon Phillips scores for East Retford
11:00 Penalty 41 - 0
Danny Preece kicks a penalty for East Retford
10:00 Conversion 38 - 0
Danny Preece kicks a conversion for East Retford
9:00 Try 36 - 0
Josh Nicklin scores for East Retford
8:00 Try 31 - 0
Josh Nicklin scores for East Retford
7:00 Try 26 - 0
Josh Nicklin scores for East Retford
6:00 Conversion 21 - 0
Danny Preece kicks a conversion for East Retford
5:00 Try 19 - 0
Harry salathiel scores for East Retford
4:00 Conversion 14 - 0
Danny Preece kicks a conversion for East Retford
3:00 Try 12 - 0
Danny Preece scores for East Retford
2:00 Conversion 7 - 0
Danny Preece kicks a conversion for East Retford
1:00 Try 5 - 0
Mike Phillips scores for East Retford
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As it happened

  • East Retford
  • Skegness
  • 0
  • Mike Phillips Try 1:00'
  • Danny Preece Conversion 2:00'
  • Danny Preece Try 3:00'
  • Danny Preece Conversion 4:00'
  • Harry salathiel Try 5:00'
  • Danny Preece Conversion 6:00'
  • Josh Nicklin Try 7:00'
  • Josh Nicklin Try 8:00'
  • Josh Nicklin Try 9:00'
  • Danny Preece Conversion 10:00'
  • Danny Preece Penalty 11:00'
  • Simon Phillips Try 15:00'
  • Joe Helliwell Yellow Card 50:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Tupton 16 52
2. East Retford 16 44
3. Ashfield 9 26
4. Chesterfield Panthers 15 24
5. Mellish 10 20
6. Skegness 14 18
7. Ollerton 9 16

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