Sat 12
1st XV


By Keith Shurville
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First ever appearance in East Midlands Cup Final awaits.

Having lost twice to Kettering in the league Scouts were in no doubt that a tough afternoon was on the cards against the current East Midlands Cup holders.
Fully prepared, Scouts took the game to their hosts from the start and dominated the early exchanges with some dynamic running and ball handling skills.
Kettering slotted a penalty on a rare incursion to the visitors 22 and continued to attack in the last throws of the half. A sin binning against Scouts resulted in the hosts driving for the line and quick ball out to the right winger saw him dot down to give the hosts an eight nil advantage at the break.
The pattern of play in the second half was fairly similar with Scouts asking all the questions.
Again good interplay and support between backs and forwards saw them march towards the line which resulted in a try for hooker Jim Smith. Adam Frost added the conversion.
Scouts upbeat performance continued as they switched their attack from side to side to gather territorial advantage. George Barrett come in off his wing to chase a kick ahead and after juggling the ball seared through under the sticks for Frost to add the extras.
There only looked like one winner at this stage which was confirmed when further Scouts attacks down the left drew in most of the Kettering defence before the ball was released to Frost who expertly kicked wide right for Barrett to score his second and Frost converted to seal victory.
This result sees Scouts into the East Midlands Cup Final at Goldington Road for the first time. Their opponents will be Bedford Athletic, with the mid-week date dependent on Bedford Blues play off dates.
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Sat 12, Mar 2016