With a depleted squad on Mother’s Day, Melton RFC Under 11s faced a tough test against a huge Nuneaton side.
The visitors arrived with a squad of 23 and a season-long unbeaten record, but Melton seized the initiative when forward Thorpe showed great pace down the wing to outstrip the defence for the first try.
Nuneaton hit back, and it took just two missed tackles to allow the Nuns’ centre to score with an unstoppable run.
Brilliant tackling from Mills and Hardman kept the scores level, but the pressure paid off as Nuneaton added two late tries to win 3-1.
Fielding a changed team for the second game, Melton were again under pressure and Dickson made a brilliant last-ditch tackle on the biggest opponent Melton had faced all season.
The physical game took its toll and the same player bundled through for two quick tries. Tough tackling and committed rucking from both teams, kept the score 2-0.
Melton quickly fell behind in the final game, but from a loose ball, Dorsett broke through three defenders to score under the posts.
The hosts were roused and from Hardman’s fantastic cross-field kick, Jeal sprinted down the wing, collected the ball, and scored under the posts.
Melton extended their lead after half-time with the best try. Dorsett made a solid catch and returned the ball 20 metres before a clever offload allowed Dickson and Mills to make good ground. Quick hands and good awareness saw Heatlie take a brilliant catch and an equally good pass put the overlapping Thorpe in the corner.
Nuneaton brought their biggest player back on, and a tiring Melton defence shipped two late tries to tie the score.
Jeal, known for his speed and flair, made a textbook tackle on the Nuns’ giant to prevent a certain try and defeat.