Gainsborough Rugby Club returned to league action on Saturday, making the trip to Nottinghamshire to face Meden Vale.
The All Blacks were hoping to build on their recent good form, but with the loss of the influential Daniel Chadwick and the absence of coach Mark Turtle due to family commitments, it was always going to be a tough fixture.
And so it proved, Meden Vale clinching a 40-12 victory to close the gap on fifth placed Gainsborough to just three points.
Having lost the toss and having to play into what was a very strong wind Gainsborough needed to be switched on from the kick off.
Unfortunately this was not the case as the home side took advantage of the strong wind and played a fast and open game.
The visitors could not handle the way Vale played and went in at half-time 28-0 down.
The second half saw Gainsborough huff and puff but it seemed like the harder they tried the worse things got.
The Gainsborough forwards worked tirelessly but had no successes as Vale twice broke away to score and take their lead to 40 points.
Gainsborough’s effort were finally rewarded towards the end of the game when they crossed the line to score two tries through Turner Guest and Goude.
Oscar Rolling converted one of the scores to leave the final score 40-12 in the home side’s favour.
This was a disappointing result for the Gainsborough side but captain Vernon Goude remained upbeat.
He said: “I’m sure my young side will have learned a lesson from this result and we will look to bounce back next time out against North Hykeham.”
The All Blacks are without a game this weekend, and return to action against North Hykeham on Saturday 11th April.
The Maoris meanwhile are due to take on a North Hykeham side this Saturday.
Gainsborough Rugby Club train on Wednesday evenings at 6.30pm at the club pitch adjacent to Queen Elizabeth’s High School.
Anyone is welcome to come and watch or train.
If you are interested in playing for Gainsborough , who field two senior teams, have a word with the coaching staff.
For more information on their activities or to get in touch with the rugby club, visit their website at http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/gainsboroughrufc/