DUDLEY K'FORD 0
LEICESTER LIONS 74
THE FINAL game of the season, with nothing at stake for either side, was probably the worst performance of the season by DK.
The game kicked off in heavy rain and during the early changes, DK came out slightly on top of what was a kicking duel. However, the visitors with their heavier forwards began to dominate the set pieces. The pressure they began to exert resulted in DK giving away a penalty in front of their own posts in the 15th minute. Full back John Bowden opened the scoring with an easy kick.
There then followed an even passage of play contested between the two 22 metre lines.
The deadlock was eventually broken in the 39th minute when DK were penalised. The visitors kicked to the corner close to the DK line and from the resulting line out, the ball was recycled to the Leicester three quarters and fly half Adam Greendale carved an opening to score close to the posts. John Bowden was successful in adding the conversion.
Within four minutes, the visitors extended their lead when centre Steve Cross brushed aside some poor DK tackling to touch down under the posts. John Bowden duly added the extra points.
Leicester were proving to be a more street wise team with their clever use of the wind, which was blowing directly across the pitch. Just before half time, DK were dealt a telling blow when Donovan Smile was yellow carded for foul play. The one man advantage quickly told when in the third minute of injury time wing Luke Veebel crossed for a try. John Bowden was unable to add the additional two points.
Regretfully the second half performance of DK proved to be the worst 40 minutes of the whole season. From the opening game back in September, although losing every game, the resilience and 'never say die' attitude of the young players of DK always shone through but unfortunately straight from the kick off of the second half the home side completely capitulated.
Within the space of 26 minutes the visitors ran in four tries by Jack Gibbons, Matt Tuckee, Adam Greendale and Dan Campbell, three of which were converted by John Bowden.
In an attempt to curtail the Leicester onslaught DK made several changes. Russ and Ashley Newall, Duncan Tomkins and Matt Perks replaced Dan Shakespeare, Al Francis, Pete Knight and Roddy Williams. However, these changes proved to have little effect, as during the final 14 minutes the visitors ran in a further three tries; a brace for replacement Josh Poullett and one from Steve Cross. John Bowden converted all three to make the final score 74-0.