East Retford 2nd XV 0 Pts V Paviors 3rd XV 26 Pts
For the second day in a row East Retford Rugby Club were in a final this time the second team taking a bus trip to Southwell
This time to play Paviors third team in the Notts Intermediate Shield unfortunately the weather and conditions were to play a part and Paviors took their opportunities well.
It was a very even start with both sides looking well matched the only difference was that Retford had elected to play with the wind and needed to amass some points before the half time interval. However it was Paviors who executed a move from an early lineout passing the ball inside to their number eight who barrelled his way through a couple of tackles to score the opening try, converted.
The rest of the half was nearly all Retford putting their opposition under all sorts of trouble but unfortunately never crossing the whitewash. With the wind at their backs it seemed obvious to take the penalties on offer but they were hooked wide on both occasions. Penalties kept coming and Retford kicked for the touch line winning the ensuing lineouts but never able to get up enough steam or to pass to the right person at the right time. So the half was very eventful but no more points added from either side.
Halftime still Paviors up by seven points Retford now had the hard work of working against the wind and the fact that they were losing players to fatigue and injury. Five minutes in a very similar move to the first half saw the Paviors number eight once again hit a great line and added to the score line with another converted try. As Retford worked hard to get up the pitch it was all too easy for Paviors to relieve the situation with a well-timed kick.
Retford did get up to the Paviors try line but were held at bay they even executed a well worked lineout to cross the line only to be pulled back for the lineout not being straight so nothing seemed to go Retford’s way. Twenty minutes in and the Paviors centre made a superb break from a well worked move to add another converted try but Retford never gave up.
Retford worked their socks off and kept going to the end with some great runs and all the players giving everything they had, but it just wasn’t enough on the day and with the clock running out Paviors added the icing on their cake with the best backs move of the day resulting in their left winger rounding off the scoring with an unconverted try.
Retford had come a long way in the season from a team struggling at the onset to making a final but it wasn’t their day. The Man of the Match awards went to liam dove
in the forwards and to Ryan Mellins
in the backs with Donkey going to Michael Green who to be fair battled on from the first high tackle against him but had the biggest swollen eye seen for some time you should not duck into tackles Michael.