LINCOLN LADIES MATCH REPORT
By Joseph Verney
LINCOLN LADIES END LEAGUE TRAVELS IN WINNING STYLE
AMBER VALLEY LADIES 7
LINCOLN LADIES 34
BY JOSEPH VERNEY
Two tries from winger Olivia Smith helped Lincoln Ladies win their last away league game of the season in style with a 34-7 victory at Amber Valley.
Captain Clare Brown, Kellie Pyart and Bob Chapman crossed for a try apiece, with the latter adding three conversions. Chapman also slotted over Lincoln Ladies’ first ever successful penalty.
It was a great win for Lincoln Ladies who have racked up a total of 44 tries in all competitions so far this season with one game left to play – a home match against Amber Valley on March 31.
Lincoln opened the scoring through Chapman’s penalty before extending their lead with an unconverted try.
Good work by the forwards saw the ball break out to the left. Chapman then drew in the full-back and the winger before Ruth Denham offloaded to Pyart, who ran past an opposition player to go over for a try.
Lincoln increased their lead to 15-0 going in at the break when Lynne Brooker offloaded to Brown, who ran between the two centres and around the full-back to score a try. Chapman added the extra two points with the conversion.
The visitors moved further in front after a great move through the hands of the backs released Chapman 40 metres out. Chapman then ran between the centre and the winger before beating the full-back, showing great pace to score a try which she also converted.
Amber Valley reduced the deficit when the full-back, who was the hosts’ main threat, outpaced the defence to run in for a try.
Lincoln soon resumed control of the game as Chapman made a break from around 35 metres out. This put the visitors to within 15 metres of the line before the Amber Valley full-back tackled Chapman, but Smith provided great support to receive the offload and run in for a try.
Chapman once again slotted over the conversion and there was still time for Lincoln to get another try.
Constant pressure from the forwards in Amber Valley’s 22 saw the ball break right before a good move through the hands. Brown broke through a few tackles before flicking the ball to Smith, who ran in for her second try of the match.
After the match Lincoln Ladies head coach Brian Kelly said: “The Ladies followed the game plan to the letter of the law. They didn’t panic and did everything that we asked them to do, which eventually broke Amber Valley down.
“The commitment and concentration was excellent and the tackling was amazing.
“We’re playing against the same team next week with three or four players to come back into the side and we are looking forward to it.”
BACK OF THE MATCH – Bob Chapman
FORWARDS OF THE MATCH – Gemma Richardson and Jodie Hill
COACH’S PLAYER OF THE MATCH – Ellie Nixon