Louth & Market Rasen
1st XV 33 Newark 1st XV 15
The red and greens heeded the lessons from the previous week and started the game at a high tempo as flanker Jake Pryer collected the Louth & Rasen kick off to initiate the first wave of attacks.
Newark were forced to concede penalties to stem the early red and green tide and with only four minutes gone lock Freddie Tatham was yellow carded to reduce the visitors to fourteen men.
Louth & Rasen kept up the pressure and two minutes later the ball was spread wide for winger Peter Everton to glide past the defence to open the scoring. Newark made a positive response and despite their numerical deficiency, it was the visitors who dominated possession and narrowed the scoreline with a penalty from flyhalf James Offer.
Louth & Rasen repelled everything that Newark were throwing at them before scrumhalf Chris Everton’s clearance kick from the shadow of his own try line remained tantalisingly in play.
Winger Nick Harvey was alert to the situation and followed up to grab the bouncing ball with daylight the only obstacle enroute to the try line.
However Harvey opted to veer inwards towards the covering defender and as the tackle came in offloaded to the supporting Everton who galloped in under the posts to emulate his brother.
Robinson added the conversion, but the stunned Newark side were by no means out of this contest and continued to attack the red and greens.
Newark received a boost when Louth & Rasen centre George Eddell was yellow carded for playing the ball on the ground in a ruck, but resolute defending kept the visitors at bay. Louth & Rasen began the second half strongly, but three knock ons in quick succession ensured that Newark’s line remained intact.
Despite the changes to the starting line up, Louth & Rasen managed to rekindle a spirit and urgency that had been lacking in parts of last week’s game at Matlock. This week Louth & Rasen hunted the ball down and arrived in numbers to swamp Newark. A win over Newark is something to savour, but going over them in the league table to fifth made the victory even sweeter.