Nott'm Casuals 27 - Ilkeston. 24
By Lech Kluk
Casuals win NLD shield semi final in an enthralling game, just edging out Mids 2 East, Ilkeston
Casuals come out victors in a tight game over Ilkeston, to book a final appearance
23rd February 2019
Nottingham Casuals 27 Ilkeston 24
Casuals maintained their winning run, but suffered a scare when Ilkeston staged a fightback.
Casuals progressed through to the finals of the NLD Shield with a hard fought win over their near neighbours Ilkeston.
Casuals managed to build a lead, but allowed Ilkeston back into the game and they went ahead.
Casuals eventually clinched the tie with a late try.
Brodie Howatson scored the first try, Marcus Dimmock the second, and Liam Tighe the third shortly before half time.
Mark Higgins kicked a penalty shortly after ½ time, but it was only when the game was near its conclusion when Howatson went over for the 4th try, and the win.
Carl Norman & James Thorne made their debuts in the fixture.
Casuals can now look forward to a cup final against yet to be announced opponents, at a venue to be decided.
Next up second placed Ashfield in the league, in a league and cup double header.
1) Amaury Montarnal
2) Pete Underwood
3) Steve Baraniak
4) Kieran Maisonnet
5) Jon Ackroyd
6) Chris Brownlie
7) Clement Chardin
8). Stu Williams (C)
9) Mark Higgins
10) Yann Moysey
11) Kris Jakuba
12) Marcus Dimmock
13) Brodie Howatson (VC)
14) Liam Tighe
15) Dan O'Connor
16) Richard Gill
17) Carl Norman
18) James Thorne