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Jersey 12 vs Nottingham 10 - Match Report

A yellow card for Tom Calladine five minutes from time proved costly as Jersey used their numerical advantage well to force a winning try late in the game to secure a 12-10 win.

The Green and Whites had defended a slender five-point lead for most of the second half in a wind affected game at St Peter.

But the pressure eventually told and the home side deserved their win having had the better of things for much of the game, and could have won by more but for handling errors.

Despite playing into the wind Jersey got off to a good start, almost forcing their way over the line with a powerful maul. Although Nottingham managed to prevent a try, they could do nothing when the home side moved the ball wide for winger Mark Foster to cross.

But the Green and Whites were level within five minutes as skipper Brent Wilson touched down from an equally strong drive. Will Maisey converted to make it 5-7, and then slotted over a penalty to give his side a five-point lead at the break, although Pila Longi was unlucky not to add to that score.

Nottingham had to survive a second half onslaught as the home side made good use of the wind, and managed to keep their line intact despite losing Dan Montagu for a spell in the sin-bin.

But having defended so well they then lost Calladine thanks to a yellow card, and Jersey this time managed to take quick advantage. Within a minute they carved out the chance for Mark McRae to cross under the posts, with John Bentley converting to make it 12-10.

Even then Nottingham finished strongly and had a couple of half chances to snatch victory, with Maisey unlucky with a last gasp drop goal attempt.