King’s Lynn Knights’ tribute to Goldie

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King’s Lynn Black Knights Rugby League Club finally got to start their season, with a home game against Bedford Tigers, having the first game postponed because the opposition couldn’t raise a team and had to leave the league.

Then last week, the Knights had to concede the game as some players had other commitments.

There was a two-minute silence before the game for former player Lee “Goldie” Goldsmith, who had recently passed away. In attendance was his partner Laura Hall and nephew Ollie. He was a fundamental figure in the Black Knights’ first season, helping to gain a lot of sponsorship and playing hard.

After being narrowly defeated in the final of the 9’s competition by the Tigers earlier in the month, the Knights were out for revenge. Tigers took advantage of the Knights being cold, as their kit was late arriving, to run 50 yards to score out wide. Within minutes the Tigers romped under the posts, goal converted.

From the kick off the Knights gave away a penalty and Bedford powered over for a try, converted.

The Knights soon hit back via young Harry Mahoney with a solo break under the posts, converted by Bennett. Then the Trede brothers combined well with some great passing to put Jon in at the corner. Then it was Matt Trede’s turn with a great solo effort running in from wide to go in under the posts, converted again by Bennett.

Bedford hit back from the kick off with an unanswered run, kick converted, to go in at half-time 16-22.

Getting the ball from the kick off, Lynn took some hard drives in, pulling the Tigers in, then passing out quickly to give Matt Trede his second of the day, converted by Bennett. Then it was Bennett’s turn, a jinking run from halfway, side stepping his way to the line, and converting his own try.

The game was to-ing and fro-ing. A grubber kick from Bedford on the fifth tackle was poorly defended and they pounced on the ball to score, converted.

The Trede brothers struck again, with Jon taking the ball out wide and nearly scoring himself, but Matt took the ball from acting half back and placed the ball over the line for his hat-trick.

Bedford’s no 6 went over from acting half back, again with poor defending.

With two minutes on the clock, the Knights dug deep. Mahoney took the ball on the 20 yard line and romped past the defence. Bennett missed the kick.

The Knights with gritty defence managed to hang on to victory.

No man of the match as every player gave their utmost in memory of Goldie.

The Knights are still looking for new players; they train on Thursdays at 7pm at the West Norfolk ground.