7th December 2017, 18:49 | university

Trent get off the mark

Trent get off the mark

Midlands 2A round-up.

By Daniel Fowler

Lincoln 30-46 Nottingham Trent A

Nottingham Trent A posted their first win of the season with a 46-30 triumph over Lincoln University at Lincoln Rugby Club.

The half-time score was 28-6 to the visitors but, despite not being able to claw back the deficit, Lincoln's attack did start to click in the second half.

Luke Shaw and Craig Corbin scored tries for the hosts after the break as Lincoln got to within 12 points of their opponents.

However, the comeback wasn't completed as Trent battled away and sealed the victory with a three-score advantage to their name.

Ollie Perry, Ben McNichol and Max Angell all registered two tries each for Trent while Dan Swan was in great form with the boot, converting seven goals from eight attempts.

Chris Truslove and captain Henry Dean both added four-pointers for the victors, who will be wanting to build on their opening win during the remainder of the season.

It's a breakthrough moment for the Nottingham University, who jump above Oxford Brookes and move four points shy of third-placed Oxford.

Dean spoke to Midlands 2A reporter Dan Fowler after the match and when asked how it felt for his side to get off the mark, he said: "It was very good, especially for the new lads who have come down and started to play Rugby League this year.

"It's been difficult to keep people going as we hadn’t won a game but hopefully this will give us confidence to carry on."

Dean rightly praised Perry, McNichol and Angell for their contribution to the victory as the trio scored six of the visitors' eight tries.

"They're very important," he added.

"Ollie and Ben in the middle had a few great runs during the game and they could have scored more.

"Max, on the wing, is very important to us too as he finishes off the plays."

And with Trent posting their first competition points of the season, Dean is confident that his side can retain their place in Midlands 2A while still integrating new players.

"I think we will be comfortable in Midlands 2A and hopefully push a bit higher in the league after a few more games," said Dean.

"We will be pushing as high as we can but we’ve got a new team and it’s getting them used to the sport and keeping everyone happy that is the main focus."

Trent finish the calendar year seventh in the table, overtaking Oxford Brookes with the victory on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Lincoln stay fifth despite this being their third loss in five matches.


Northampton 32-30 Derby

University of Northampton claimed their second win of the 2017/18 season thanks to a hard-fought 32-30 victory over University of Derby at Pavilion Pitches.

In the final quarter of the match, Northampton led 32-12 before Derby launched a great fightback.

However, the visitors were unable to grab a share of the spoils and they finish the semester at the bottom of Midlands 2A with four losses from as many games.

Braces from Isah Lawal-Saulawa and Omer Kirdar helped the Gremlins to victory while George Hopson and Joe Marjoram both notched a try apiece. Sam Armstrong was on kicking duties for Northampton and he converted four from six.

Northampton led 18-6 at the break and went further in front during the second half but Derby didn’t give up and they nearly caused a shock as they got back to within two points of their opponents.

The hosts will have been relieved to hold on to their victory and they finish 2017 in sixth-place.

Warwick P-P Oxford Brookes A

Warwick University were given a walkover victory against Oxford Brookes A due to the visitors being unable to field a team.

Warwick end the semester on top of Midlands 2A with a four point cushion between themselves and Cambridge.

Meanwhile, Brookes are deducted two points and they drop down to eighth-place, with Derby the only team below them in the standings.

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