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Newark Rugby Club get a well deserved win against Regional Two North Midlands contenders Tamworth

After their fields were flooded, a team came back after Storm Babet to win their fourth game of the campaign.

Newark Rugby Club’s first team resumed their league season and won

17-0 against Tamworth at Kelham Road in the Regional Two North Midlands competition.

Newark Rugby Club
Newark Rugby Club

First-half tries from Sam Dobson and Josh Ashe paved the way for a 17-0 lead at half-time.

This attacking play was then backed up by some good defence in the second half against high-flying Tamworth who had arrived at Newark having only lost once this season.

The club said that the fact Newark and Tamworth kicked off the game was a tribute to groundsman David Rhodes as the whole ground was under feet of water only a fortnight before.

After a midfield tussle when both sides tested their opposition, Newark started to impose pressure and won a penalty in the opposition's 22.

Ovi Gilder threatened Tamworth with a good run before Newark pinned Tamworth in their own 22 leading to a Newark scrum.

Newark made it count when Sam Dobson went over from a smart run. James Tarbatt converted to give Newark a 7-0 lead.

Newark continued to exert pressure and a line-out in the opposition's 22 on the right led to an attacking rolling maul and a try on the left to Newark's Josh Ashe.

Once again it was converted by Tarbatt to put the home side 14-0.

Rugby Ball
Rugby Ball

Newark continued to exert pressure without success until they won a penalty in front of the posts to make the score 17-0.

Newark's defence frustrated Tamworth and the home side held the line to run out deserved 17-0 winners.

The win lifts Newark into seventh place in Regional Two North Midlands. They travel to Nottinghamshire rivals Mellish on Saturday, kick-off 2.15pm, followed by a home match against Walsall on November 18, kick-off off 2.15pm.

Newark’s second XV had another close contest in their latest league match, losing 17-25 at Ashfield.

The 2nds host Belper this Saturday, kicking off 2.15pm, in a scheduled doubleheader when the club’s women’s team ‘The Scrumetes’ play their Belper counterparts, kick-off 2pm.

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