EAST RETFORD STAY TOP OF THE LEAGUE AFTER TRY BONUS POINT WIN AGAINST GRIMSBY
East Retford 1st XV 30 Pts
Grimsby 1st XV 20 Pts
A fine defensive performance against a physical Grimsby side saw Retford win their tenth match in a row and impressively, securing a try bonus point in all 10 fixtures. Retford stunned the visitors into silence after a fine finish from Josh Freeman
. The Retford pack presented a good platform and quick ball for Freeman to then beat two defenders and run 50 metres to score. The try well converted by captain Dan Preece from out wide.
From the restart Grimsby built up a number of phases and relentless pressure on the Retford try line resulted in an unconverted try. Retford responded immediately, pushing Grimsby back deep into their 22. A Preece penalty ensured Retford came away with well-earned points. Despite their hard fought and dogged defence, Retford couldn’t prevent a further score before half time. Ill-discipline when defending powerful driving phases allowed Grimsby to kick an easy penalty. The score 10-8 going into half time.
An equally as impressive start to the second half saw Retford build phases but fail to take chances. Jordan Mee
then replaced Michael Green
on the flank and made an immediate impact, showing great support play and scoring with his first touch of the ball, converted by Preece to open up a nine point lead.
With Retford in the ascendancy, focus and discipline were crucial to deny Grimsby any chance of a score. It wasn’t to be, as their prop trundled 30 yards from the kick off to score and narrow the gap, 17-13. Good line speed and intensity in defence led to a Retford penalty with Preece obliging, stretching the lead to 7.
The Green Army then started to dominate, build phases and set up a sweeping move to allow Ryan Mellins
to slide in to the corner to score. Grimsby’s foul play whilst in the act of scoring led to an immediate Retford penalty at the restart. The home side showed great ambition, deciding to tap and go. Brilliant quick hands set up Freeman to score his second. With Retford up 30-13, Grimsby now chased the losing bonus point and resorted to their original game plan with strong forward play driving into the heart of the Retford 22.
Despite their well-earned consolation try, it was too little too late for the visitors who made the long journey back with nothing to show. Man of the match for Retford was Josh Freeman
in what was a fine team display from the home side.