Melton Mowbray RFC under 11s continued their impressive run of results with two wins over Ilkeston.
Mixing the abilities and experience seems to be paying off for the squad, with signs of improvement from all the players, and greater understanding of the need for running good lines and taking a pass at pace.
In the first game, a dominant Neath was the star of the show with a hat-trick of tries and a lovely long looped pass out to Jeal on the wing which sent Melton into the half-time break 4-0 up.
In the second period, a great bit of sniping at the breakdown by Dickson earned the turnover which eventually saw Neath score his fourth, and try number five in all.
As Melton rung the changes, a resurgent Ilkeston scored three late tries to make the score a more respectable 6-3.
It was Hardman’s turn to take centre stage in the second game with a clever offload for Jeal to score in the corner.
Hardman then offered great support to a flowing, pacy Melton move to score himself for a richly-deserved try.
A brilliant solo weaving run then saw Dickson score from a full 50 metres out to establish a 3-0 half-time lead.
Melton again tired and lost some discipline in defence in the second half as they allowed three quick tries from Ilkeston to set up a tense finale.
But Ford disrupted another attack from the visitors with a solid tackle to allow Hardman and Neath to respond and score a decisive fourth try in a 4-3 win.