LINCOLN LADIES MATCH REPORT
LADIES START 2019 IN WINNING STYLE
LINCOLN LADIES 17
MELLISH LADIES 10
BY JOSEPH VERNEY
Lincoln Ladies started 2019 in style by moving up to third in the league with a 17-10 home victory over second-placed Mellish.
Tries from Bob Chapman and Erika O’Brien saw the hosts take in a 10-5 lead at the break. Captain Clare Brown got her name on the scoresheet with a try, which was converted by Helen Francis, to seal Lincoln’s victory in the second half.
Lincoln raced into a 10-0 lead with two quick-fire tries midway through the first half.
Lynne Brooker made a half break before offloading to Brown, who ran in between two players and flipped the ball back inside to Chapman. Chapman then ran past the covering defence from around 15 metres out to go over for a try.
Lincoln increased their lead just a minute later when O’Brien, who coach Brian Kelly named as his player of the match, got the ball from a ruck and barged over the line for her first try for the club.
Mellish reduced the deficit with an unconverted try as Lincoln took a 10-5 lead going in at the break.
Lincoln were given more breathing space in the scoreline after a try from their captain. Brooker got the ball to the line in midfield from a scrum. Brown then came onto a pop pass before going in between the centres around 35 metres out, running round the full-back and away from the covering defence for a try under the posts. Francis successfully slotted over the conversion.
Brown was sent to the sin bin after receiving a yellow card for going off her feet at the ruck five minutes from time.
Mellish took advantage of having an extra player when they reduced the deficit to just seven points with a converted try one minute from time.
The visitors gave up the conversion so they still had time to receive another kick-off to add late drama to the match, but Lincoln held on for victory.
After the match Lincoln Ladies head coach Brian Kelly said: “The girls have shown glimpses of this kind of performance all year, but never managed it for a full game.
“I couldn’t be prouder of them, they’ve finally realised how good they can be when they concentrate for the full match.”
BACK OF THE MATCH – Lynne Brooker
FORWARD OF THE MATCH – Ruth Denham
COACH’S PLAYER OF THE MATCH – Erika O’Brien