NLD v Cumbria Match Report

NLD vs Cumbria

10th May 2014

County Championship Shield – Pool 2

NLD started the 2014 County Championship at Sleaford against last years’ Shield runners up Cumbria. The squad had prepared well for this years’ competition and the players and management went into the game confident that they could achieved a good result.

With the wind behind them the away team started the brightest racing into a 14-0 lead, first up tackles were being missed however this was due to NLD getting use to playing with each other for the first time. As the team began to gel NLD started to put the pressure on and from a penalty kicked to the corner Alan Symcox scored a well worked catch and drive to make the score 14-7.

NLD began to take hold of the game and when Cumbria lost a player to the sin bin the hosts were unlucky not to score before the break. A well worked series of pick and goes made space out wide however the pass didn’t go to hand and the opportunity was lost.

Taking advantage of the wind and despite a heavy down pour NLD really took the game to Cumbria, the away team were reduced to 13 men after two yellow cards for foul play. In this period NLD battled hard at the Cumbrian line however their defence held up and no tries were scored. This proved to be a key period as with NLD chasing the game Cumbria managed to break and score the decisive try which put the game out of reach. The away team showed their clinical edge to score two further tries to make the final score 40-7.

Stephen Fowkes NLD team manager said

“The senior clubs and players have really bought into the programme this season and this showed in this first game. Make no mistake Cumbria are expecting to win the Shield competition but we put them under pressure for 60 minutes of the game. In the end their experience and team cohesion came through but the NLD lads should be very proud of their efforts.

Ultimately the County Championship is about winning games but this was the first step and we hope to keep this group of players together for years to come. With this level of support from senior clubs and players I believe we have the foundations for future success.”

Next week NLD travel to Burton to play Staffordshire in the hope of recording their first win in 3 years.

NLD Squad v Cumbria

1 Chris Starling Market Rasen & Louth RFC
2 Gareth Mist Scunthorpe RFC
3 Tom Holland Ilkeston RFC
4 Aaron Langan South Leicester RFC
5 Alan Symcox Mansfield RFC
6 Matt Brewer Newark RFC
7 Cameron Curry Newark RFC
8 Tom Taylor-Dawes Derby RFC
9 Will Harrison Scunthorpe RFC
10 Danny Graney South Leicester RFC
11 Nick Galinski Newark RFC
12 Alex Ayres Ilkeston RFC
13 Steve Parker Scunthorpe RFC
14 Henri Packard Matlock RFC
15 Matt Sutton Market Rasen & Louth RFC
16 Craig Dowse Boston RFC
17 Joe Tinsley Newark RFC
18 Leigh Dearden Market Rasen & Louth RFC
19 Adam Corcoran Ilkeston RFC
20 Dave Starling Market Rasen & Louth RFC
21 Jack Partington Ilkeston RFC
22 Jay Heath Ilkeston RFC