RUGBY: Horncastle take positives from cup defeat against tough opposition

Nigel Jackson claims the lineout ball for Horncastle RUFC EMN-150203-105609001
Nigel Jackson claims the lineout ball for Horncastle RUFC EMN-150203-105609001

Horncastle RFC 15

Meden Vale RFC 40

Horncastle met Meden Vale in the semi final of the NLD Cup on Saturday and knew it was going to be a difficult task from the kick-off.

Meden Vale sit mid table in the division above Horncastle, but with a strong wind behind them, the home team soon found themselves deep in opposition territory and it wasn’t long before Nigel Jackson took a quick penalty, deceiving the Meden Vale defence and slipping over the line for the first points of the match. The conversion was added to give Horncastle a 7-0 lead.

Meden Vale soon shook off their sluggish start and added a couple of tries of their own, getting the first from a pick and go at a scrum followed closely by a second when Horncastle failed to switch on after the restart.

Horncastle were eager to show they could hold their own against higher league opposition and, following a solid line out, Phil Wingham ghosted through a couple of tackles to go over in the corner, making the scores 12-12.

Unfortunately Horncastle couldn’t sustain the pressure and Meden Vale were able to add another try and a penalty to their tally.

The final act of the half saw Jacob Wells convert a penalty to bring the scores to 20-15 at half time.

But, with the wind against them in the second half, Horncastle were unable to get up to speed and despite some resolute defending Meden Vale proved to strong and eventually saw out the game 40-15 winners.

Despite the scoreline there were plenty of positives for Horncastle with the home team’s scrum showing they were more than a match for the visitors despite the difference in level and experience.

Horncastle RFC would like to thank all the supporters who came down and created a great atmosphere. Horncastle’s next fixture is away at Gainsborough on March 7. Training is every Tuesday from 7pm at the rugby club and new players of any ability are always welcome.