Midlands 3 East (North) League
Sleaford 14 Grimsby 11
After the long away trip in the cup last week, Sleaford RFC welcomed Grimsby to the club for a league game.
With an unbeaten record to maintain, the team knew this would help in their push for promotion. With nine regular first team players missing and other players out of position, the club’s younger players stepped into the breach.
The game kicked off with some awesome tackling from Sleaford’s forwards as the physical nature of Grimsby’s game showed. The young stand-ins were speedy and tricky and as time went on Grimsby’s temperament boiled over. After only 15 minutes Sleaford took the lead from a penalty for a high tackle which resulted in a yellow card for Grimsby. Wayne Harley coolly punished Grimsby to give Sleaford a 3-0 lead.
From the restart Wayne Harley made it 6-0 from a penalty kick. Grimsby then managed to sneak a try in but missed the conversion.
In the second half Sleaford gave away cheap penalties and two yellow cards for Danny Shorter and Captain Shaun Fisher. Resulting in Grimsby stretching the lead to 11-6.
Then from a great team move man-of-the-match Adam Loveday ran in a try to level the game. Wayne Harley regained the lead with another penalty and Sleaford took their unbeaten record to seven games.
On Saturday, Sleaford host Kesteven.