LINCOLN LADIES MATCH REPORT
By Joseph Verney
DEFEAT FOR LINCOLN LADIES DESPITE "PHENOMENAL EFFORT"
LINCOLN LADIES 0
COALVILLE LADIES 26
BY JOSEPH VERNEY
Lincoln Ladies pushed leaders Coalville all the way in a battling 26-0 defeat which saw the visitors seal the league title.
The match was a lot closer than the score suggests with Lincoln piling pressure on their Leicestershire opponents in what head coach Brian Kelly described as a “phenomenal effort”.
Lincoln started slowly and weren’t really at the races early on as Coalville stormed into a 14-0 lead with two tries inside the opening 10 minutes, including one off an excellent backs move.
The hosts refused to give up and spent most of the next 25 minutes attacking in Coalville’s half and inside the 22.
Lincoln’s tactical kicking in the first half was fantastic and put Coalville under pressure, but unfortunately for the hosts they were unable to convert it into points.
The hosts came close to reducing the deficit when they crossed the try line. However, it was ruled out as Lincoln went into touch near the corner and Coalville remained 14-0 in front going in at the break.
Lincoln continued to battle hard but unfortunately conceding two tries in the early stages of the second half more or less ended any hopes of a comeback.
However, Lincoln refused to give up and spent most of the rest of the game pinning Coalville back in their own half. It was just unlucky that when the ball broke it was to Coalville, but Lincoln can still be very proud of their performance.
Lincoln also had numerous lineouts near the Coalville five metre line and put a lot of pressure on their opponents, but they just couldn’t quite get that last push over for a try.
The new league winners told Lincoln after the match that it had been their toughest game of the season.
After the match Lincoln Ladies head coach Brian Kelly said: “We met top of the league and they said it was the best rugby they have faced all season.
“We pushed as hard as we could, but couldn’t convert the pressure into points. It was a phenomenal effort from the girls.”
BACK OF THE MATCH – Bob Chapman
FORWARD OF THE MATCH – Rose Buchanan
COACH’S PLAYER OF THE MATCH – Jade Morgan
“HERO” OF THE MATCH – Helen Francis (for nearly hitting the referee in the head with the ball…accidentally of course)