Sleaford u16s 26
Bakewell u16s 10
BAKEWELL’S start couldn’t have been better as Sleaford failed to deal with the kick off and Mannerians had a lineout ten metres from the Sleaford line.
It was only solid defence which kept Bakewell out, but all the pressure should have told with Sleaford gifting possession with their out of hand kicking.
Gradually, the Lincolnshire outfit gained territory and, from a missed kick to touch from a lineout on Bakewell’s try line, Mannerians were penalised for being in front of the ball.
As Bakewell sauntered back to the line, Sleaford grabbed their chance with a quick tap and go penalty and scored a worthy try.
A close game continued but Bakewell’s failure to support runners, or an inability to release the ball to a better positioned player, never allowed them to turn a good percentage of possession into points.
5-0 down at half-time and with the wind to their backs, Bakewell needed to improve. Sadly, petty mistakes continued and allowed Sleaford to take possession at key moments.
From a well-worked scrum, Sleaford scored a second converted try.
Still in the game, Bakewell were able to drive down the pitch and, from a quick penalty, Will Adams crashed over for deserved try.
Eight minutes later, again a loss of lineout ball allowed Sleaford to move quickly and score in the corner, converted to make it 19-5 to Sleaford. Jamie Henderson, playing scrum half after the loss of Dom Jackson through injury, got the red mist and from 60 metres outstripped Sleaford’s forlorn defence to score a great individual try.
19-10 was a fair reflection, but in the last minute a complete lapse of concentration and lack of communication saw Sleaford capitalise on loose ball.
A resultant penalty saw Sleaford over the line for another converted try.
Four basic errors saw Bakewell on the wrong side of the scoreboard. There is plenty to work on and a few tweaks could turn this small, tight-knit squad into a effective one.