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Nottingham 26 vs Yorkshire Carnegie 20 - Match Report

Hard working Nottingham ground out an important win at Meadow Lane, beating Yorkshire Carnegie 26-20.


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They trailed by eleven points at the end of an indifferent first half, but put in a much better performance after the break to get back in it with tries from Brent Wilson and Tom Calladine. It was replacement Dan Mugford who clinched victory with a couple of late penalties.

The win saw the Green and Whites leapfrog their opponents into sixth place in the Championship table.

In a bright start an excellent tackle from George Porter - making an impressive debut following his loan move from Worcester - brought them an early penalty chance, but Will Maisey's long-range effort fell just short.

And when they were then penalised at the game's first scrum they were relieved to see Harry Leonard also off target.

But Yorkshire took the lead two minutes later when prop Ben Harris stole a poor Nottingham lineout and made it to the line for a try, with Leonard converting for a 7-nil lead.

The visitors spurned a kickable penalty, instead opting for the corner, but knocked on as they moved the ball across the field.

Nottingham responded with their best attack so far to force a penalty, and with Maisey off the field injured, Mugford stepped up to land the kick.

Pila Iongi put in a try-saving tackle on opposite number David Doherty, but as the visitors continued to press they forced another penalty on the half hour for Leonard to make it 3-10.

Looking for a strong finish to the first half Nottingham put together a promising spell of pressure, eventually gaining a second penalty for Mugford to make it 6-10 following a yellow card for Harris.

But in first half injury time Yorkshire won a close range lineout and drove strongly, back row man Josh Bainbridge getting the touch down and Leonard making it 6-17 at half time with the conversion.

If Yorkshire had deserved that lead it was Nottingham who gradually improved as the second half wore on and finished the game the stronger.

After a couple of early half chances they had a second go at a close range lineout, skipper Wilson getting over and Mugford making it 13-17 with the conversion.

Another Leonard penalty, moved forward ten metres for backchat, put his side's lead back up to seven points but it was the Green and Whites who were threatening a try.

It almost came when Iongi cut in from the wing and raced for the line, but when he was held up the supporting Nottingham forwards were penalised.

Another promising attack came to nothing when they somehow managed to lose the ball.

The try finally came courtesy of another catch and drive from a close range lineout, this time replacement Calladine touching down and Mugford levelling the score with the conversion fifteen minutes from time.

And it was Mugford who completed the scoring with two penalties in quick succession to give Nottingham the much-needed win.