WINNING TRY DISALLOWED!
a perfect day for rugby Matlock entertained Mellish at the Cromford ground.
Starting well Matlock’s large pack soon had Mellish pinned in their
half, and from some good driving mauls Matlock recycled the ball realised the
backs and a good surging run from Sam Pyne saw him go over for the first try.
then slowed their game down and allowed Mellish to run at them only a good
tackle by man of the match Sam Pyne
prevented a try. Matlock still
allowed the opposition to much room and sloppy handling by Matlock allowed the
visitors a turn over ball, which was converted into a try. Still the home side did not get into the game as once again
to many penalties’ and turn over ball meant Matlock were constantly defending.
Soon the Mellish lads took the lead and converted the try to make it
12/5. Only now did Matlock wake up and start to attack and on the
stroke of half time Matlock were once again on the attack.
second half started like the first with Matlock coming out all guns blazing and
some excellent work by the forwards allowed the backs enough room for Richard
Lund to run in a try beneath the posts. A
poor kick kept Matlock 2 points behind and allowed the visitors to keep the
upper hand. Good defence and hard
fought ball kept the game open for both sides, but Matlock’s pack attacking a
penalty was won 25 meter out and Rich Lund converted to give the home
side the lead.
again Matlock relaxed and gave away silly ball that allowed the visitors to
score. Missing the conversion kept
the game open and in the last few minutes the home side showed the form that
they should have been showing all the way through and mounted attack after
attack on the Mellish goal line. A
scrum was won 5 meter out and James Harrod forced his way over the line
only for the ref to disallow the try and blow the whistle for the end of the
game. Matlock let slip another game
they should have and could have won comfortably and must learn from this.
MATLOCK STEAMROLLERED BY LARGE PACK
the first competitive game of the season Matlock travelled to Mansfield.
Missing 5 players, mainly backs, the team were forced to reshuffle.
This meant that some forwards were playing out of position, and as such
it was always going to be a hard game. The
large Mansfield pack soon showed their intentions and ran the ball at the
Matlock lads, some valiant tackling ensued but neat work by the Mansfield backs
exposed the weakness in the Matlock line and they went over for the first try.
was to be the tone of the match, but Matlock fought valiantly and never lost
heart. Mention must be made to Daryl
Jones who in his first game for Matlock showed that he is going to be a
great find for the team. Also
playing well was James Slack who covered the ground and put in some big
tackles. A good effort and some
encouraging play but Matlock’s inability to pick up the loose ball cost them