Grimsby RUFC stay solid and take points from tight match
GRIMSBY RUFC maintained their 100 per cent home record in the league with an impressive display against Southwell at Springfield Road.
In a close Midlands Three East North game, both sides pushed for the win.
Impressive defensive displays from both teams resulted in a low-scoring game.
Straight from the away team's kick-off, the Blues gathered and flankers Mike Newman and Allan Oliver made enormous gains.
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The ball was quickly moved along the backs to winger Lewis Newsum, who skinned his opposite man, but was brought down by the full-back.
From the ruck, a well-executed backs move saw captain and fly-half Ben Pharaoh put centre Adam Waterman through a gaping hole to score under the posts.
Full-back Brad Watson coolly slotted the extras.
The away team looked shell-shocked and took some time to work back into the game.
Strong running from Blues forward duo Sam Vickers and Luke Chaplin kept Southwell pinned back and a fine defensive performance from Matt Vincent snuffed out their attacks.
Newman went close again, but a forced off-load unfortunately couldn't be held even with the line at Grimsby's mercy.
The match ebbed and flowed, with notable defensive performances coming from Matt Pettiford and Stu Saunders.
Grimsby worked on a driving maul and used it to good effect. A strong run from Oliver ended up in a penalty. The Blues kicked close to the corner and set up their impressive maul.
This was brought down but, from a succession of 'pick-and-gos,' number eight Sam Vickers sneaked over the line to rack up another try.
Deep inside the second half, the away team struck back with a well-taken backs move. they finished off a flowing play when their winger touched down in the corner.
As both teams went for the kill, Southwell's repeated infringements resulted in a sin-binning for two of their forwards towards the end of the game.
Substitute Jason Stead went close for Grimsby as the minutes ticked away, as did fellow substitute Ash Waterman, who went tantalisingly close at the end of an impressive 60-yard run. As the away team pressed for a draw, brutal defence from Adam Waterman and Justyn Hill turned the ball over and Pharaoh was able to punt to touch.
Grimsby travel to high-flying local rivals Scunthorpe on Saturday for a Lincolnshire Cup game.