RUGBY: Valiant fight from outnumbered Horncastle

A Horncastle player attempts to break through two North Hykeham tacklers
A Horncastle player attempts to break through two North Hykeham tacklers

Horncastle RFC 19-61 Hykeham 3rd XV

With only 14 players available, Horncastle were always going to be facing an uphill struggle against an improving North Hykeham side on Saturday.

Despite Hykeham’s numerical advantage it was Horncastle who started brightest, keeping the play in their opponents territory and it wasn’t long before the experienced Nigel Jackson spotted an opportunity to take a quick penalty and pop the ball to Jacob Wells, who slipped through a gap between the Hykeham defence to get the first five points on the board. He then converted his own try to put Horncastle 7-0 up.

Unfortunately, the early points shocked North Hykeham in to action who made use of their extra player adding 25 points without reply, leaving the scores at 7-25 at half time.

The second half was similar to the first with Hykeham adding a more points to the tally, but Horncastle were able to put together some good play to allow Daryl Dunn to round the last defender and get another score on the board for Horncastle.

Horncastle legs were beginning to grow tired from the added work rate of being a man down allowing Hykeham to control the play, but the home team rallied for one final act which saw Jacob Wells pick and go from close range to go over, the conversion was then added with the final score ending 19-61.

Horncastle’s next fixture is a very important home fixture against Meden Vale in the semi-finis of the NLD Cup on Saturday, February 28, kick off at 2pm.

Training is every Tuesday from 7pm at the rugby club. Any interested players can contact Jacob Wells on 07557798949