Colts in control as they power to victory over Sleaford
GRIMSBY RUFC's Colts continued their unbeaten run with a 38-17 win over Sleaford Colts at Springfield Road.
Sleaford arrived short of three players, but willing volunteers from Grimsby's ranks sportingly helped out their opponents to ensure the fixture went ahead.
Early in the game, Grimsby took a quick tap penalty and sent Robbie Blunden up the touch-line to score in the corner.
Gareth Roberts then broke through the Sleaford backline and a slick pass to Brad Watson saw him notch another try.
A bullocking run from Jordan Smith brought play up to Sleaford's 22-metre line, and a quick pass was spun out wide to Jordan Landymore who wrong-footed his opposite number for yet another try. Brad Watson scored the conversion.
Robbie Blunden, lurking on the wing, feathered his way through the scrambled defence to dot down in the corner for another converted try.
In the run-up to half-time, aggressive but controlled rucking from Ash Rendall-Tyrrell resulted in a pick and go from Rich Watson. He barged his way towards the opposition try line only to be brought down inches away.
He got a clean pass away to his support runner, Adam Mouncey, who powered over the line in front of the posts, making the conversion easy for Brad Watson.
The second half saw a rejuvenated Sleaford come back at an overconfident Grimsby side that had lowered its guard.
Handling errors cost them dearly, and a breakaway from Sleaford's full-back saw him sprint the length of the pitch, shaking off Grimsby's tackles as he went in under the posts for an easy try and conversion.
The Blues responded when Gareth Roberts ripped the ball from a ruck and forced his way through for another home try.
Brad Watson converted.
After an otherwise superb performance, the Blues let things slip a little as the game drew to a close.
Sleaford's second-half resurgence came with two tries from their outstanding full-back.
Their comeback was well-deserved as their resolve never faltered throughout a bruising encounter.
It was a superb attacking display from half-backs Lewis Dyson and Ryan Gant.
And excellent defensive play by Huw Cowper, Keiron Moore, Evan Picking and Callum Sutherland, ensured Sleaford could travel home with their heads held high.