Gainsborough All Blacks bowed out of the NLD Vase on Saturday with a 49-14 defeat at North Hykeham .
The All Blacks travelled to Memorial Fields hopeful of progressing to the next round, but returned home disappointed.
Despite the sunny day, the pitch was soft with a mist surrounding the area, giving a winter’s feel.
Gainsborough were up against a Hykeham side who are currently second in the league and also had won their previous game.
The visitors’ forwards produced some good early scrummaging, but it was Hykeham who broke the deadlock with their first try of the game and a 5-0 lead.
Despite a number of good tackles all over the field, mistakes saw Gainsborough concede a converted try.
But youngster Kieron Locking exploded down the right wing to score after a set of great passes.
Tom Parkinson put the kick goes through the posts and made the score 12-7.
Hykeham responded with another try, this time unconverted, before Will Cawte broke away and put his football skills to the test as he kicked the ball down the field into Hykeham’s try area and dived onto the ball .
Parkinson converted, for what would be Gainsborough’s final points of the game.
A Hykeham penalty made the score 20-14 before a further two tries for the hosts, neither of which were converted, handed them a 30-14 half-time lead.
The second half saw good periods of attacking initiative and great defensive play from both sides.
Hykeham went on to add two more converted tries and one unconverted score to build a healthy lead.
A late scrum saw Gainsborough turn up the pressure on Hykeham in the final stages and took off with numerous promising attacks.
Unfortunately Hykeham’s defence stood strong and they could not convert the pressure into points as the clock ran down.
Although the All Blacks simply couldn’t add to their first half tally, the Gainsborough men refused to give up and played with belief until the final whistle regardless of the severity of the scoreline.