LINCOLN IMPS XV MATCH REPORT
By Joseph Verney
SIX TRY IMPS BEAT SOUTHWELL
LINCOLN IMPS XV 36
PAVIORS 2ND XV 15
BY JOSEPH VERNEY
Matt Bulteel and Matt Walker crossed for two tries apiece as Lincoln Imps XV bounced back to winning ways with a 36-15 home victory over Southwell.
When the two sides met in Nottinghamshire back in December Lincoln were on the wrong end of a 34-0 defeat and they were keen to put it right.
Lincoln produced a much better performance in Saturday’s home clash with Josh Brown and Eddy Jopling also crossing for tries. Luke Brodick kicked two conversions and Zeph Chapman added one in what was a deserved victory for Lincoln.
Lincoln opened the scoring when Bulteel carried the ball about five metres off the back of a ruck, powering through a few players to go over for a try.
The hosts increased their lead when Walker received the ball after a scrum and ran 30 metres to beat a couple of players to go over for a try.
Southwell reduced the deficit with an unconverted try, but Lincoln soon resumed control with another score to give them a 19-5 lead going in at the break.
George Chirlia offloaded for Bulteel who stepped the winger before running in for a great try.
Southwell slotted over a penalty to reduce the deficit to 19-8 early in the second half.
Lincoln regained control of the game when Jopling received the ball out of a ruck before going over for a try under the posts.
Southwell crossed for their only try of the second half to cut the gap in the score to just 11 points.
There was a stoppage in play when Lincoln’s Tom Eggleston was injured in a tackle. The youngster later went to hospital with a fractured jaw and two broken teeth with everyone at the club wishing him a speedy recovery.
Lincoln increased their lead when a kick through released Jopling who offloaded for Walker to run in for a try.
Jopling was also involved in the final try of the match as he carried the ball up field. In the next phase of play an excellent offload by Sam Cowles set up Brown, who side stepped his way beyond a few players to run 10 metres for a try.
After the match Lincoln Imps XV captain James Johnson said: “For 60 minutes of the match we were in complete control with some excellent runs in attack and great tackles in defence.
“For a 20 minute period in the second half we let them play their game and they scored an easy try.
“It was good to get a good team out and get a bonus point victory. We need to carry this form into next week against Long Eaton.
“Finally I want to give a mention to Tom Eggleston who picked up a nasty face injury and I hope he gets well soon.”