Sat 11
Newark
20
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7
League
1st XV
Tries
J Longden
Conversions
J Farrell
1st XV Match Report - Newark vs Dronfield

1st XV Match Report - Newark vs Dronfield

By Josh Freer
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ARK DE TRIOMPHE!


Newark had beaten league leaders Coalville, away from home, the previous week so a much tougher game was expected than earlier in the season at Gosforth Fields when Dronfield finished as 59-10 victors. Only 4 of the Newark team who traveled to Gosforth Fields earlier in the season were in the home lineup.

Dronfield named almost the same XV that beat Matlock the week before. The only change was Andy Chambers coming in at Hooker for Pete Walker. Kenny Jones and James Marshall joined Jack Selwood on the bench.

A scrappy start and the first big incident in the game was a yellow card for Dronfield Lock Wayne Elloway, on ten minutes.
Six minutes later Newark scored a try with Dronfield ruing missed tackles. 5-0

From the kick off winger Jack Longden leaped well to beat two opponents and collect the ball but Dronfield did not progress the chance.
Jack was prominent again though, taking a flash ball into the 22 and in almost a replay of last weeks first try the supporting runner was scrum half Jake Steade who took the offload to score the try. Joe Farrell converted. 5-7

There were no further tries in the first half with the number of stoppages halting the free flowing rugby both teams were trying to play.

HALF TIME 5-7

No scores in the third quarter of the game either, though Dronfield were stopped on more than one occasion for forward passes, and players of both teams were becoming more and more frustrated.

On 64 minutes Newark scored a penalty and took the lead.8-7

Some smart work and neat stepping by fly half Alex Arch got Dronfield out of trouble in the in goal area, 5 minutes before the end.

Newark pounced to score two tries in the last couple of minutes of the game though, as Dronfield pressed and made errors which made the final score more flattering than the game suggested.

FINAL SCORE 20-7

A bad result for the team who did not execute their moves with the usual precision and lost on the penalty count also. With other results going their way Dronfield could still top the league next week if they win their game in hand away at Loughborough.

SPW

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Match details

Match date

Sat 11, Jan 2020

Kickoff

14:15

Competition

Midlands 2 East (North)

League position

3
Dronfield
7
Newark