Aley kick snatches dra­matic vic­tory for South

Luc­to­ni­ans .... 25 S Le­ices­ter .... 28

The Rugby Paper - - National League 2 North - ■ By GEOFF VICKRESS

SOUTH Le­ices­ter took the hon­ours in a tight en­counter when Rickie Aley kicked a drop goal at the death to seal the points.

South opened the scor­ing in the topsy-turvy clash when Myles Bean was al­lowed too much space to score af­ter 12 min­utes, Aley con­vert­ing, and they looked com­fort­able when Adam Shaw went over from a rolling maul shortly af­ter, Aley again con­vert­ing for a 14-point lead.

The home crowd ral­lied Luc­to­ni­ans and ex­cel­lent passes from Sam Box­hall and Alex Smith saw Will Bur­ton cross to bring the home side back into the game, be­fore Joe White’s touch down saw them re­duce the mar­gin to just four points at the half-time in­ter­val.

The re­turn­ing Josh Watkins scored with his first touch in the sec­ond half to put Lucs 15-14 ahead, but Aley put South back in front with two ad­di­tional penal­ties against the run of play.

Lucs went ahead when Piers Morell fin­ished a flow­ing move cre­ated by Loz Breese and Frank Kelly, Will Bur­ton con­vert­ing. Bur­ton’s penalty ex­tended the hosts’ lead to five points un­til Bran­don Boshi scored late on when Shaw’s long pass put him clear to level the scores with just min­utes re­main­ing.

Aley missed the con­ver­sion, but his deft touch from the boot in added time gave the away side the points.

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