Away joy for the blue boys

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Lincoln U17s 12

Matlock U17s 15

THIS was a fine win against the odds for the blue boys, having never before beaten Lincoln, with four lads playing for the under 18s in their NLD game, and seven lads missing for various other reasons.

They travelled east having called upon the under 16s to provide three players.

The front row of James Evans, Charlie Jackson and Jack Greasley competed ferociously and were supported ably by Tom Murray and Jack Neville in the second row.

Jake Marshall did a great job as stand-in scrum half, feeding to Rob Ward at fly-half, who controlled the options.

Despite the best Matlock efforts, the only score of the first half went the way of Lincoln. An attempted clearance kick was charged down and fell to a Lincoln player to score beneath the posts.

Into the second half, playing with the wind and down the slope, the efforts of the first half were now supported by a growing confidence as the constant frustrations of the Lincoln players led to continuous infringements and Rob opened the Matlock account with a penalty kick.

Within minutes the blue boys took the lead. From a position on the wide left the ball was moved to Sam Knowles who beat two defenders.

The Matlock defences were finally breached with a Lincoln try and the scores moved to 12–8.

But Matt Hobbs then collected a clearance kick and appeared to glide upfield, evading defenders on the way.

The ball went to Jacob Page who beat defenders for pace and sprinted beneath the posts to score, hesitating only to point his finger skywards ‘Chris Ashton’ style, but not risking the ‘swallow’ dive. Rob then added the extra two points as the referee blew to confirm a 15-12 win.

This was a match where every player served their part, and performed as well as they possibly could.

Long may this continue.

not to lose which may have been lacking in some of our earlier games, long may this continue.