Sunday 26th October saw the NLD Girls squads head to Lichfield RFC to take on Staffordshire.
The U15’s were fresh from being crowned Midlands Champions at Lutterworth a couple of weeks ago, having played Staffordshire en route to the title they were looking forward to an exciting contest.
NLD started strongly despite losing the toss and contesting up the hill into a swirling wind. In the first of the three 20 minute periods Hannah Sharp (Newark RFC) put the first points on the board for NLD with Jess Weaver (Newark RFC) adding the conversion.
Hannah Sharp made another excellent run down the wing to score a near identical try under the posts, which was once again duly converted by Jess Weaver.
NLD’s dominance paid off with two further tries from Megan Warsop (Ashfield RFC), Jess Weaver converting one of them. A strong scoreline for the visitors showed 0-26 at the end of the first period.
In the second period the NLD Coaching Team made 5 changes to the field, Staffordshire benefited from the break and came out very strongly to counter attack. With the home side running in some excellent tries NLD went into the final period having conceded 3 unconverted tries.
The third period promised to be an exciting conclusion which didn’t disappoint; Staffordshire got the first points on the board narrowing the margin to 20-26. The NLD girls soon responded and tries from Victoria Lyon (Newark RFC), Jess Weaver (Newark RFC) and Lucy Payne (Ashfield RFC) took the match out of the Staffordshire’s reach despite a late score. The final scoreline was 27-41 to NLD.
The NLD squad will have learnt lots from a tough encounter but they remain unbeaten as they turn attentions now to what promises to be an extremely tough match against North Midlands on 9th November.
Below – The NLD U15 squad pictured with the Women’s Rugby World Cup.