Clee continue fine form in Vase win
TUPTON are up next for top-of-the-table Cleethorpes following their 30-22 RFU Junior Vase success against North Hykeham.
Despite missing a number of players, Clee went into the first round match full of confidence.
From the off, the visiting back row put Hykeham under pressure and forced a scrum.
This was comfortably won, but a mix-up between Nathan Phillips and Steve Broderick saw the ball go loose. The hosts pounced and opened the scoring in the first minute, the try going unconverted.
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It was 8-5 to the visitors ten minutes in, courtesy of a Broderick penalty and Jason Williams try.
The game soon became disjointed and Cleethorpes lost their way a little.
This allowed North into the a match that should have already been buried. In fact, if the home side had a better kicker they would have gone into the break in front.
Cleethorpes began the second half well and added another try through Adam Roberts, which was converted by Lee McGregor.
North put the ball in the same area and Scott Brown caused havoc, bursting through into open field. After several phases Williams again went over in the corner, but the conversion was missed.
A third try in ten minutes – this time from the impressive Brown – meant the game was as good as won.
Changes to the Clee scrum meant North shaded the last quarter of the match, scoring two tries to one before the final whistle.