LINCOLN LADIES MATCH REPORT
By Joseph Verney
LINCOLN LADIES END LEAGUE SEASON IN WINNING STYLE
LINCOLN LADIES 34
AMBER VALLEY LADIES 10
BY JOSEPH VERNEY
Lincoln Ladies crossed for their 50th try of the season and secured a third-placed finish with a 34-10 home victory over Amber Valley.
Captain Clare Brown and Rose Buchanan scored two tries apiece. Bob Chapman and Lynne Brooker each scored one try and Helen Francis added the conversions.
When the two sides met in Derbyshire a week ago Lincoln came away with a 34-7 victory and the hosts completed a league double over their opponents in a hard fought battle at Longdales Park.
Lincoln opened the scoring when a good team move set up Brooker, who sidestepped the full-back to go over for a try.
The hosts increased their lead with a move which followed the game plan excellently. Lincoln took it to the line before a crash ball released Chapman, who sidestepped the winger and the full-back before juggling and reclaiming it for a try under the posts. Francis added the extras.
Lincoln acknowledged that Alexandra Clinkard was Amber Valley’s biggest threat so it was no surprise that she was at the centre of their first try. The ball was shipped out wide to Clinkard, who backed her own pace to beat the cover defence and reduce the deficit to 12-5 going in at the break.
There was stoppage in the game within three minutes of the restart after an opposition player suffered a broken leg. Everyone at Lincoln wishes her well and hopes she makes a speedy recovery.
After moving onto a different pitch play resumed and Amber Valley cut the gap in the score further. A good spell of forward pressure saw the visitors go over for an unconverted try.
Lincoln increased their lead when strong running from the backs led to Brown breaking through the cover defence for a try.
The hosts put the result beyond doubt when Buchanan picked up the ball from the back of a ruck and beat the defence to go over for a try.
Buchanan soon added her second as she ran onto a pass before handing off three players and beating the full-back to go over for a try.
Lincoln completed the scoring with a move which was started by an excellent run from Linda McLean. The ball then went through the hands of the backs before Brown ran onto a pass to go over for her 16th try of the season, which Francis converted. .
The result means Lincoln Ladies finished third in Women’s National Challenge Midlands Two North with seven wins from 12 games.
After the match Lincoln Ladies head coach Brian Kelly said: “Amber Valley had a game plan from last week and executed it well. They made us work for every point.
“Given that they had such a horrific injury they did well to hold us, but our better support play meant they couldn’t keep up with the girls.
“We knew it would be a difficult task playing the same team two weeks in a row. Amber Valley altered the way they played, but we executed our game plan very well.”
On finishing third the head coach added: “I am really proud of the girls. I think they know we could’ve finished higher and if it wasn’t for a few slip ups earlier in the season we could’ve pushed Coalville more, but they should be really proud of themselves.”
BACK OF THE MATCH – Lynne Brooker
FORWARD OF THE MATCH – Ruth Denham (with special mentions also for Katie Lee and Ria Smith for their running and tackling).
COACH’S PLAYER OF THE MATCH – Rose Buchanan for two tries and an immense performance