Midlands Premier League
Luctonians RFC 22 v 32 Newport (Salop) RUFC
Saturday 5th January 2019
Brrrr…! Pre-match it was a chilly welcome back to Mortimer Park for Vice Presidents and Sponsors Day on the first Saturday of 2019.
With the boys having been on the road most of December and with the Xmas break it’s all been quiet down the Club. However normal service is resumed on the arrival of Newport, who as I write are currently second in this competitive Midlands Premier League. Oh, and by the way… Happy New Year to One and All.
However, it wasn’t to be a Happy New Year start for the boys in Black and White. A resolute Newport who looked under the cosh in the first half turned in a strong second half performance and took advantage of Lucs indiscipline to run out winners.
Maule popped over a penalty for Newport before Josh Watkins finished off a great piece of set up work by the forwards to dance over, Boxy converting, and it was all looking good with a lead at half time.
Half Time Score
Luctonians 14 v 3 Newport
Newport showed their grit second half and dominated possession denying Lucs the opportunity to get ball in hand and let loose their free-flowing backs.
Lucs conceded too many penalties, allowing Newport to kick deep to the corner and from 3 lineouts, all following penalties, they rumbled over from 3 driving mauls all from Cowell; Maule adding two conversions to give themselves a lead they weren’t to relinquish. Boxy did add a penalty on 50mins but Perry’s try on 70mins with Maule converting gave them a lead 17-29.
Drew Cheshire then squeezed over for a try in the corner to give Lucs a chance late on. However, Maule’s late penalty at the death gave the Newport side the win that sees them go 7 points clear of Lucs in the challenge for promotion places in Midlands Premier League.
Full Time Score
Luctonians 22 v 32 Newport
Luctonians Man of the Match
Tries: Aiden Cheshire, Josh Watkins, Drew Cheshire
Convs: Sam Boxhall (2)
Pen: Sam Boxhall
Tries: Cowell (3), Perry
Convs: Maule (3)
Pens: Maule (2)
Rob Bengry, Drew Cheshire, Josh Watkins, Isaac Fanueli, Rob Lester, Stuart Kirby, Sam Boxhall; Alex Reid, Guy Kirkby, Joe White, Max Katjijeko, Loz Breese, Mat Hackley, Seb Robinson, Aiden Cheshire
Replacements: Callum Young, Connor Deignan, Cameron Tawfik
Bailey, Haselock, Perry, Holder, Himbury, Maule, Brown; Grass, Cowell, Wells, Buckley, Roach, Morgan, Price, Robinson
Replacements : Leonard, Wilson, Parker
Away at Nuneaton next week and the boys will need all the support we can muster. They will also need a couple of results to go our way from the teams above to give them the opportunity to step once again into the promotion challenge places.
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