Redmen fail to bridge the gap
1:16pm Wed Nov 14, 2012
The gulf in divisions wasn’t obvious, but Southwell still went down 45-14 away at rock-bottom Midlands 1 East side Spalding in the Notts, Lincs, and Derbys Cup.
Southwell found themselves under immense pressure from a fired-up home team looking to put their terrible league form behind them, and the Redmen failed to stand firm as they trailed 17-0 at half-time.
But Jim Scott’s men came out fighting in the second-half, rallying with some quick work at the line-out and moving the ball swiftly down the backs for centre Mark Layfield to finish off and get Southwell on the scoresheet.
Spalding, who play two tiers above the Redmen, hit back almost immediately.
However, Southwell struck back when Angus Lamont scored a deserved try with full-back Will Ullyott converting to reduce the deficit to ten points.
A well-organised and disciplined Spalding side regained their compusure and fitness prevailed as the hosts ran in several late tries.
Southwell 2nds 10
Paviors 2nds 20
Paddy Ford’s try wasn’t enough for a battling Southwell side, who fell to a cup defeat against a team two divisions above them.
The game will be remembered by the Shearwood family, who fielded five family members on the pitch, with 51-year old hooker Mike Shearwood starting with four sons, Drew, Isaac, Max, and Finn.
Strong forward work allowed Ford to break through and score, which was converted by centre Paul Rich kicked the conversion to give Southwell a 7-0 lead, but Paviors fought back with a try of their own.
A mistake in the backs allowed Paviors to touch-down on the counter-attack, and they opened up a 15-7 lead following a penalty goal minutes later.
Rich reduced the arrears with a penalty, but Southwell were largely forced on the backfoot and only some last-ditch tackles saved them from falling further behind.
The pressure finally began to toll and their full-back scored to complete the win.
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