Lincoln put an end to Newark’s streak
Newark 1sts’ near perfect start to the season came to an abrupt halt with a 39-8 defeat to Lincoln in gameweek four.
Lewis Himsworth returned from injury and scored Newark’s only try, but his comeback was ultimately over-shadowed by a disappointing result for Newark.
The defeat for the Kelham Road side highlighted the availability and injury problems in the squad as four starters from last week’s victory over Ilkeston were missing.
Newark now sit third in the Midlands Two East North Division, three points behind Melbourne, who beat Long Eaton 18-12, and four behind leaders Market Rasen, who beat Southwell 29-3.
Visitors, Newark, started the game strongly but found it difficult to sustain attacks against an organised and vocal Lincoln side.
The hosts took the lead ten minutes in through a penalty, which was quickly followed by a converted try
Newark responded well to falling behind and managed to earn a penalty through Robbie Hunter-Shaw.
The full back latched on to Lincoln’s clearance and fired a high ball into the hosts 22.
He followed up and made the tackle, forcing Lincoln into conceding a penalty, which debutant Sam Booth converted.
Newark failed to build on Booth’s penalty and Lincoln hit back with another try to take the score to 12-3.
Moments after falling nine behind, Newark’s Jaymie Duncan suffered an ankle injury.
He was replaced by another debutant, Logan Watt.
Newark’s much-changed side continued to struggle and Lincoln went down for another converted try before the break.
The second-half followed a similar pattern to the first as Newark continued to find themselves struggling in possession.
However, the introduction of Himsworth provided an instant impact for the visitors as the substitute went over for a try following a driving line out.
Again, Newark failed to build on this momentum and Lincoln came back with two more converted tries and two penalties to take the final score to 39-8.
This Saturday see’s a break in league action as Newark 1sts face Coalville in the second-round of the RFU Intermediate Cup.
Newark 2nds bounced back from last week’s defeat with an impressive 27-7 home victory over Lincoln Imps.
The visitors struggled to get to grips with the pace Newark set in the opening stages of the game and fell behind after 11 minutes as Newark went over for a converted try.
The 2nds then went over for an unconverted try in the 25th minute, before converting a penalty moments before half-time.
With a comfortable 15-0 lead at the break, Newark could have taken their foot off the gas, but they continued to battle and went down for another try to make it 20-0.
Lincoln, who refused to settle for defeat, scored their first try mid-way through the second-half as a Zeph Chapman run resulted in a converted try under the posts.
The hosts responded to Lincoln’s effort with an equally impressive try as a brilliant team move was rounded off with a surging run to the right of the posts
Newark 2nds are in league action again on Saturday as they take on Notts Medics at Kelham Road.
Southwell 1sts are now bottom of the league after losing 29-3 to top of the table side Market Rasen and Louth.