Mon 02
Market Rasen
1st XV
Young Greens Win Lincolnshire Cup

Young Greens Win Lincolnshire Cup

By Peter Bright
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Greens take the spoils against a very competitive Market Rasen

A much changed Greens outfit, epitomising a blend of youth and experience, travelled to Sleaford to contest the Lincs.Senior Cup Final.
The Greens welcomed back centre Steve Parker to the fold, and he was partnered in the centre by the promising Daniel Bournes with James Ashton taking the wing berth.
A young forwards contingent included Colts captain Kane Linklatter, Tim Clapson, Si Fisher and the front row dynamic duo of Aaron Coulthard and Jordan Nuttall.
Cold, wet and windy weather persisted almost entirely throughout the match so much credit must go to both sides who tried to play rugby throughout despite the conditions.
As a consequence the game was littered with unforced errors and handling mistakes and it was no surprise that M.R.&L were first on the scoresheet with a well taken penalty converted by former Green Tom Aldridge.
However the Greens immediately responded and following some smart interplay down the right hand side of the pitch, hooker Gareth Mist was on hand to sprint clear and touch down for an unconverted try.
The stalemate continued despite great endeavour from both sides, including a well fielded cross kick by James Ashton which created an opportunity not taken. Late on in the half, when a text book catch and drive from a line-out by M.R.&L saw Ben Chamberlin touch down for a try converted by Tom Aldridge to give a half time score of 10-5 in M.R.&L's favour.

The elements favoured the Greens in the second half and again both sides created opportunities which fell short at the last hurdle.
Pragmatism was the order of the day and the Greens patience was rewarded on 55mins. when the opposition were penalised for an offence at a ruck and Steve Johnson stepped up an converted an excellent penalty to bring the score to 10-8.
The Greens excellent defence was tested on many an occasion but they continued to frustrate their opponents.
From a turnover of possession Keiran Bournes went on a storming run ably supported by James Ashton which enticed the opposition into giving away another penalty which Steve Johnson ably converted to put the Greens back in front 11-8 with only minutes to play.
On the ascendency the Greens launched an attack from half-way initiated by Colin Chapman who found Steve Johnson who in turn delivered a delightful inside pass for Steve Parker to run in unchallenged under the posts for a converted try to give a final score of 18-10 in the Greens favour, and to witness well deserved celebrations at the final whistle.

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Mon 02, May 2016