Melton RFC Nomads floored by Syston sucker-punch

Melton RFC Nomads were presented with their brand new kit on Saturday sponsored by Direct Energy Solutions, Crichton Continuity Consulting and MGS Construction. EMN-150302-150319002
Melton RFC Nomads were presented with their brand new kit on Saturday sponsored by Direct Energy Solutions, Crichton Continuity Consulting and MGS Construction. EMN-150302-150319002
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The Nomads put in a good display with great individual performances, but were beaten by a young Syston development side.

Melton’s dominance was undone when uncontested scrums were ordered with the visitors’ recognised front row said to be stuck in traffic.

From kick-off, Syston were eager to ship the ball wide quickly resulting in two early unconverted tries.

Melton also lost their hooker Chirico to a knee injury as he went in for a tackle, but the hosts eventually settled and made good ground by keeping ball in hand.

The inexperienced opposition struggled when put under constant pressure by Melton’s much bigger pack, and this approach paid dividends, forcing an error and a scrum.

Greaves lured the Syston flanker before passing to Jordan Pawley who took it into contact with a fierce drive. Good rucking at the breakdown saw the ball popped back to Greaves who cut in at an angle to force his way over.

After the restart, quick hands and swift feet saw Syston shift the ball out wide again and gain significant ground. Melton conceded several penalties from which Syston slipped over to reclaim their two-try lead.

The Nomads tackled fiercely, particularly Hazard and Budd, while Wardhaugh and Lobley combined well in the rucks to secure ball and challenge Syston at the breakdown.

Full-back Wooley and Keightley who took the attack into Syston’s 22, and from a ruck, Syston conceded a penalty for killing the ball.

Chapman’s quick tap penalty wrong-footed Syston’s defence and found Horne who danced his way back into contact. Evans drove within five metres of the line before the Nomads used their physical advantage to drive over with Lobley touching down.

Horne was sin-binned for a deliberate knock-on after the break and Syston took full advantage with a rapid team try.

But against the run of the play, Wooley added a great solo try; beating the left wing for pace, and handing off players before touching down in the corner.

Back up to the full XV for the last 10 minutes, Melton pressed and forced several penalties followed by a yellow card.

But an error of judgement saw the Nomads caught offside and from a quickly-taken penalty, fast hands and feet shipped the ball wide where Evans was narrowly beaten in a foot race to the line. The conversion capped a 27-15 win.

Nomads: Hazard, Chirico, Budd, Evans, S. Pawley, Lobley, Wardhaugh, Greaves, Appleby, Horne, Baillie, Chapman, J. Pawley, Keightley, Wooley, Haywood, Freestone, Watts, Leah, Crichton, Dodge, L. Pawley, Carter.