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Match Report: Paviors 30 – 26 Dronfield

Paviors take The NLD Cup after a tight encounter against Dronfield

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Notts, Lincs & Derby Final

Arnold‘s Paviors took on Dronfield RUFC in the final of the Notts, Lincs and Derbyshire Cup this weekend, May 27.

On a beautifully sunny evening at Kelham Road, Newark it was Pavs who dominated the first fifteen minutes.

Speedy flanker Josh Flanagan finished of a fine sweeping movement and with the George Billam extras gave Pavs the lead at 7-0.  

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Paviors captain Stevie Allen receives NLD trophy (PHOTO: Paviors RFC)

Minutes later highly talented winger and product of the Pavs Academy system danced around his opponent to touch down to give Pavs the lead 12-0.

Billam then converted a penalty to put Pavs further in front at 15-0 however not to be outdone Dronfield fought their way back with two tries of their own to narrow Pavs lead to 15-12 at the break.

After half time, Billam put over a further penalty to extend Pavs lead to 18-12.

Dronfield then finished a period of pressure with a well taken try to put them in the lead at 19-18.

With fifteen minutes left Pavs knew they had to step up to the plate in order to take the game and it was Noah Bhatia who restored the lead.

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Noah cleverly intercepted a Dronfield loose pass before winning the race to the line and touching down to give Pavs back the lead at 25-19.

Fellow Pavs Academy graduate Danny Green entered the fray in the centre and gave Pavs a boost in energy and with an immaculate pass enabled Alex Barton to run in and extend Pavs lead to 30-19.

Pictured: Winning Paviors team (PHOTO: Paviors RFC)

Dronfield threw everything into bringing themselves back into contention and with Phil Eggleshaw leaving the field on a second yellow, Pavs had it all on to maintain the lead.

Dronfield narrowed the lead to 30-26 with minutes left.

Pavs had to defend bravely and were immensely relieved when the official finally signalled the end of the game with them 30-26 in front and the newly crowned NLD cup winners.

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Paviors Rugby Club play at Burntstump Hill, Arnold, NG5 8PQ and the club runs over twenty teams.

New players are always welcome – girls, boys, men & women, there is a team for all.

Further information about the club including contact details can be found on http://www.paviorsrfc.co.uk/ .

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