SPALDING RFC U15s 10 NEWARK RFC U15s 10: Gutted Spalding RFC under-15s missed out on a place in the NLD Cup final after losing to old foes Newark under-15s on the try count rule following a draw.
Town’s talented teens started superbly and went ahead when Adam Castle gathered the ball, rounded two Newark defenders and passing to Oliver Johnson. He raced down the left-hand touchline to score a try in the corner, before capping the try with a magnificent conversion from the touch line.
Using their huge forwards to their advantage, Newark then took the game to Spalding from the re-start.
One attack would have resulted in a try but for a knock-on, before they eventually steamrollered their way over the line when they picked up the ball from a scrappy lineout. The conversion failed.
Town thought they had extended their lead when a penalty kick at goal came back off the posts and a Newark player spilled the ball.
Tristan Whincup pounced to touch down, but the officials were unable to agree on the validity of the try and the referee awarded a five metre scrum to Spalding.
The score remained 7- 5 in Spalding’s favour up until midway through the second half, when Newark crossed the line for their second try from their only fluent handling move of the game. The conversion failed from out wide.
Town’s teens came back again and piled on the pressure. It paid off as Newark eventually conceded another penalty in front of their posts for Johnson to convert and bring the scores level at 10-10.
There was, however, little time for Spalding to pinch a place in the final as their run in the competition ended in the cruellest of manner by virtue of Newark’s two tries.