Gainsborough Maoris travelled to the east coast to take on Cleethorpes II, but were unable to pick up their first win of the 2015/16 Merit League campaign.
The 34-3 defeat at the Wilton Road ground was their third consecutive loss.
Gainsborough had a scratch 16 with a few familiar faces returning from injury or for other reasons, this however didn’t stop what was going to prevail as after 10 minutes of strong defending by the Maoris, Cleethorpes hit their stride.
The hosts breached the Maoris defensive line to run in for the first score of the match.
The following conversion was a success and this helped the home team break the deadlock.
Gainsborough’s inclusion of a few experienced heads also gave help and encouragement to the younger players who participated in Saturday’s game.
The Maoris did not let Cleethorpes have an easy game as between scores they were producing some great tackling.
Cleethorpes on the other hand found a gap and exploited it by running over their second try of the game but fortunately for the visitors they failed to score the resulting conversion.
Cleethorpes kept the score board ticking over by scoring another two tries, with one of them being converted, and this would see both teams go into half time with the coastal outfit in the lead at 24-0.
Gainsborough Maoris came out in the second half with an even bigger appetite by earning themselves a penalty which they chose to kick for some points, the honours fell to Jonny Clayton who lined up his kick slotted it through the posts, giving the Maoris their first and final points of the match.
Clayton’s boot denied a seaside team from keeping a clean sheet for the second week running.
Both teams never appeared to dominate at all in the match but Gainsborough battled and fought hard through the second half, spotting gaps to run through. For a good 20 minutes or so it was complete desolation with no one scoring, though this was to change in favour of the home side as Cleethorpes scored two more unconverted tries giving this game a full time score of 34-3.
Maoris captain of the day was one of the more regular and mature players, Andre Russell.
Gainsborough’s Darren Smith claimed his third Man of the Match this season.
Despite the previous three losses, the Maoris are developing youngsters and helping them to challenge for places in the more prestigious first team by giving them some game time and coaching.