FIRST XV MATCH REPORT
By Joseph Verney
SCAMMELL TREBLE SECURES EMPHATIC LINCOLN VICTORY
LINCOLN 1ST XV 54
SOUTHWELL 1ST XV 27
BY JOSEPH VERNEY
Will Scammell grabbed a hat-trick of tries as Lincoln’s 1st XV completed a league double over Southwell with a 54-27 victory at Longdales Park.
Lewis WILSON, Jake Keeton, David Beveridge, Josh Pratt and Laurence Few also got their names on the scoresheet, with Richie Dixon adding seven conversions.
When the two sides met in December’s reverse fixture Lincoln won 13-7, but with Southwell fighting for points near the bottom of the table it always had the potential to be a tough match.
Lincoln started strongly and opened the scoring after just three minutes. Scammell exchanged passes with Aiden Mason, who produced an excellent offload to release him to run in for a try. Dixon successfully slotted over the conversion.
Southwell reduced the deficit soon after when a quick tap penalty set up Phil Cureton to power his way over for a try.
The visitors took the lead when a poor loose pass was intercepted by Tom Broughton who ran in for a try, which Paul Rich converted.
Lincoln were playing some great rugby and a cheeky offload from Scammell started a move which saw Joe Moore, Beveridge and Ben Sykes put the hosts in a decent position.
The hosts didn’t have to wait long for their second score as Wilson powered through a few tackles to run in for a try, which Dixon converted.
Rich slotted over a penalty after 25 minutes to swing the score back in Southwell’s favour, but three tries in the last 10 minutes of the first half ensured Lincoln went into the firmly break on top.
A good team move set up Dixon, who did superbly well to keep hold of the ball before offloading for Keeton to run in for a try. Dixon added the extras.
Great positional sense saw Beveridge drive over the line for a try, which Dixon converted to increase Lincoln’s lead.
A great break by Joe Moore set up Lincoln’s next try as he dodged past a few defenders before his long pass put Scammell in for a try. Dixon once again successfully slotted over the conversion.
Lincoln’s Tongan forward Laguna Fisiihoi put in several great tackles, but he was forced off injured in the closing stages of the first half.
Southwell reduced the deficit with a penalty try before Lincoln’s Number Eight Grant Cowe was given a yellow card and sent to the sin bin.
Southwell started the second half positively, but an early penalty attempt fell short. Their Number Eight made a great break through the defence soon after, but the move was ended by a great tackle from Moore.
Lincoln increased their lead within nine minutes of the restart as Dixon dodged past a defender before offloading to Pratt, who beat his man and ran in for a try. Dixon added the extras.
Southwell tried to put pressure on Lincoln, but a great tackle from Few stopped their next meaningful attacking move in its tracks.
Lincoln increased their lead shortly after the hour mark when Moore made a great break and beat several defenders. He pulled his hamstring during the run but still managed to produce a great offload to set up Scammell, who ran in to complete his hat-trick.
Scammell was heavily involved in the next try as it was his break up field that set up Wilson, who offloaded for Few to race 20 metres to score. Dixon slotted over his seventh conversion of the match.
Wilson, who was named joint man of the match with Scammell and Moore, then accidentally caused an injury to the referee. With around 13 minutes to go there was a stoppage in play while he was treated and at one point there was talk that it could end the game.
However, Southwell were still in with a chance of getting a losing bonus point and both sides were keen to play on. To his credit the referee decided to continue and see out the rest of the match.
Southwell showed great determination in their attempt to get the bonus-point clinching try, but their next attack was thwarted as a tackle from Mason put them into touch.
Scammell produced a try saving tackle to stop the next break deep inside Lincoln’s half. Lincoln were reduced to 14 men in the final two minutes of the match when Ben Sykes was shown a yellow card.
Eelan Ward crossed for a try with the last play of the game to ensure Southwell clinched a losing bonus point, but it couldn’t prevent what was a more than deserved victory for Lincoln.
POST MATCH COMMENTS
Hat-trick hero Will Scammell praised his side’s game plan against Southwell and is hoping it provides the platform for a good performance against Long Eaton in the next match.
“We wanted to play a wide game and I think we did it pretty successfully,” said Scammell. “The wide game plan helped us exploit some space and I was fortunate enough to benefit from a few easy run ins.
“It was good to get a hat-trick, but all the credit goes to the forwards who worked really hard to put us backs in space.
“Southwell fought hard for the game and deserved a losing bonus point. This sets us up nicely for the game against Long Eaton. After a poor performance away against them we owe them a big game.”