Sleaford U16 7 V 26 Market Rasen U16
The much anticipated and eagerly awaited first game of the 2014-15 season turned out to be a very eventful affair, with a strongly contested and free running match ending up with a very respectable 7-26 defeat for the home team against a very strong Market Rasen squad.
With some quality training behind them, the determined Sleaford team drew first blood, with a very well worked try from quick 3rd phase ball going through the hands of the backs and winger Alex MacBride, still with work to do, touching down under the posts.
Nathan Carter converted and Sleaford’s first points of the season were on the board. Chance came and went for both sides, with strong defence much in evidence. Particularly pleasing was the number of turn-over ball won by Sleaford though excellent rucking and scrums won against the head. But the usual Sleaford loss of concentration in the last 10 minutes of the first half resulted in three breakaway tries for the away side and the half ended at 7-19 to the visitors. Redoubled efforts in the second half saw Tommy Williams go close and Sleaford began to regain momentum. Sadly three injuries in the space of five minutes to Harry Wright, Josh Frost and Josh Yeomans meant some significant reorganisation was required and shortly afterwards Market Rasen scored the only points of the second half with a well worked try. The final score of 7-26 was somewhat flattering to the visitors, whose sheer numbers (30 in all) made all the difference. There were huge amounts of positives to be taken from the game for Sleaford though. As always the heart and commitment were outstanding, and until forced changes affected the shape of the game, the team was looking balanced. The next game is at home to Bourne on October 12.
Man of the Match – Lewis Denton-Fray in his first game, for displaying determination, commitment and adaptability in his first game for the club.
Magic Moment – Alex MacBride for an excellently worked try, even though he did almost stop before crossing the line!