Long trip to Bedford awards Sleaford Rugby Club 1st XV with away win in the cup

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The still unbeaten Sleaford 1st XV had a long distance away trip, on Saturday to Queens of Bedford in the RFU Senior Vase.

Travelling with only a squad of 15 this cup tie was going to be tough especially if any injuries were sustained during the match.

With confidence brimming through the squad because of some very positive recent performances, the team were not going to come back empty handed.

Sleaford dominated the first half and to their surprise found the opposition lacking in quality with missed tackles and lots of turnovers, whilst Sleaford were resolute in defence showing flair and imagination but at the same time doing the simple things well. This led to a very much deserved 39-0 lead at half time for Sleaford.

Queens came out hard in the second half, but could not penetrate the Sleaford line to score, whilst Sleaford kept the scoreboard ticking by taking their chances.

The superior fitness of the team showed in the second half as the score reached 61-0 in Sleaford’s favour.

Queens were still trying until the end and dominated the last 10 minutes as Sleaford switched off because they were coasting at 61-0 and were not wanting to sustain any injuries. This allowed Queens to get a late consolation try to end the game 61-7 to Sleaford.

The team await the draw for the next round and hope for a home tie.

Next game up for the 1st XV is Grimsby at home, 3pm kick off.

Everyone is welcome and pre-match lunches are available from the clubhouse before the game. Spectators are more than welcome to see if Sleaford can keep the unbeaten streak going.