THIRD XV MATCH REPORT
By Joseph Verney
BATTLING DEFEAT FOR INJURY HIT LINCOLN
KEYWORTH 1ST XV 62
LINCOLN 3RD XV 12
BY JOSEPH VERNEY
An early injury left Lincoln's 3rd XV a man down but they refused to give up and battled hard during a 62-12 defeat away against Keyworth's first team.
Lincoln were reduced to 14 men after just five minutes when Luke Brodrick was forced off with a shoulder injury.
With no available substitutes to call upon Lincoln had to battle with a man short for the remaining 75 minutes.
Keyworth took advantage of the extra man by running in three tries to give them a commanding 19-0 lead.
Lincoln reduced the deficit when the ball came out of the scrum and Zeph Chapman put pressure on Keyworth’s 9 and 10.
The Keyworth fly-half then cleared the ball which bounced up and Chapman, who was named as Lincoln’s man-of-the-match by the opposition, took it one-handed on the turn.
Chapman then stepped between two players before diving to touch the ball down for a try with one hand flying through the air, which reduced the deficit to 31-5 going in at the break.
Keyworth increased their lead with a further three tries in the second half to put the result firmly beyond doubt.
Lincoln refused to give up and continued to battle hard before reducing the deficit with their second try of the match.
A one-handed backdoor offload from James Johnson set up Harry Clark inside the opposition 22. Clark stepped past and beat several defenders before stretching his arm to touch the ball down for a try. Brad Nixon successfully slotted over the conversion.
Keyworth soon resumed control of the game with further scores putting them over the 60-point mark to complete the victory on a frustrating afternoon for Lincoln.
After the match fly-half Brad Nixon said: “It was a very tough match. Going down to 14 so early is always going to be tough, but the lads didn’t give up and played with pride. Everyone wishes Luke a speedy recovery.”