Welland Barbarians U 15s 5 Sleaford U 15s 45
Sleaford went into this game in confident mood having beaten Welland comprehensively at home 45-0.
However, they were not at their best in the first half, with the forwards lacking passion and aggression and the backs struggling with ball handling.
There were also touches of good play throughout the half and tries by Sam Cheek, Kieran Wakelin, Elliot Bero and three conversions by Ben Hitchcock ensured that the points’ board kept ticking over.
There was a try for Welland too, only the seventh try conceded by Sleaford so far this season.
At half time, Sleaford led 21-5.
A few words from the coaches at the break and some replacements saw a change of impetus from the Sleaford side in the second half.
They particularly benefitted from the aggression of Matthew Stainsby, brought into the pack. He provided the catalyst for the rest of the team and the quality of the play in the second half was much better.
Further tries by Bero, Oliver Brown, Matthew Thornton and Ryan Scigala, along with two conversions by Hitchcock took the final score to 45-5, with Sleaford registering their sixth win on the trot.
Man of the match: Matthew Stainsby.
Sleaford Under 17s 12
Paviors Under 17s 7
Sleaford Under 17s made hard work of a fairly unconvincing 12-7 victory over NLD visitors Paviors.
With both teams at opposite ends of the league table, on paper it should have been a relatively easy game for the Red and Blacks.
Team selection continues to be hampered due to injuries but Sleaford were pleased to see David Titmus return.
The concern for Sleaford is that they are dominating teams in terms of possession and territorial advantage but finding it difficult to convert that advantage into points.
This was exemplified against Paviors who played 95% of the first half in their own half but were only 7-0 down at the interval.
The one try came after several drives towards the line leading to Craig Anderson making the decisive move to go over for the score.
Sleaford continued to pile on the pressure but Paviors held firm, proving to be well organised, especially around the rucks and mauls.
It was of little surprise when Paviors got back to level pegging through some strong running from their backs and an excellent conversion.
After a period when both sides failed to take opportunities, a moment of high class rugby turned into the defining play of the match.
A penalty was conceded by Paviors on the half way line and, instead of kicking into touch, Ian Bishop put in a cross field kick to his twin Sean who took a magnificent catch on the run and out- paced two defenders to go over in the corner.
Although there was still time for either side to add further points, the score remained 12-7 in Sleaford’s favour, keeping them in the hunt for a semi final place.
Sleaford U17 squad: Craig Anderson, Andrew Baxter, Ian Bishop, Sean Bishop, Ben Borrill, Josh Brown, Will Chick, Alec Doughty, Joe Hodgeson, Sandy Ireland, Adam Peek, Mike Resoli, Tim Robinson, Charlie Swan, Callum Thomson, David Titmus, Kieron Trollope.