Melton RFC chairman hails fantastic turnout for RFU national semi-final

A big crowd looks on at Burton Road EMN-150504-134519002
A big crowd looks on at Burton Road EMN-150504-134519002
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Saturday marked the second time Melton have had to swallow the bitter pill of national semi-final defeat.

The players left the pitch dejected, trooping past jubilant West Leeds celebrations, but the home side were cheered off by a rousing and deserved ovation.

Melton RFC acting chairman John Hill shared the disappointment in the outcome, but was delighted with the turnout and the day.

The game attracted more than 700 paying spectators, while scores of children were admitted free of charge.

He said: “It was a fantastic occasion for the club and the town; it’s just a shame about the result.

“It was exactly what the club needed and a great showcase for us. We’ve had a lot of complimentary emails from our guests telling us how well we put on a big event. Everything went our way, except the result.

“We’ve had a relatively easy season and I think West Leeds are probably playing much harder rugby over the year and that showed. Good luck to them in the final.”

Melton will complete their season on Saturday with the final Midlands 3 East (North) league game at Chesterfield Panthers.

The Firsts toasted the league title more than a month ago, but will be eager to complete an unbeaten league campaign.

Hill added: “From where we were last season to where we are now, is a massive improvement. We’ve won the league and are Midlands champions.

“The players have adapted well to the new coaching structure and (head coach) Gareth Collins and (coach) Stu Morley have been fantastic.

“I’m sure the players will dust themselves down and come out fighting this weekend.

“Although we lost on Saturday we can only tick the season a success.”