Melton Colts reached the next round of the National Vase with a superb all-round team display at Northampton Old Scouts.
The game started with Melton playing into a very strong wind and Scouts took full advantage with the boot to claim an early 3-0 lead.
The visitors soon got into their stride with some great attacking forwards moves, but it was the Northampton side who stretched their lead with a great kick to go 6-0 up.
From the restart some good work from Kyle and Cameron resulted in a penalty and the first chance of points for Melton, which Harvey slotted over.
Soon after Melton’s dominant pack drove the scrum backwards and were awarded a penalty, but Harvey unluckily hit the upright.
But the Melton heads didn’t drop, and again the pack demonstrated their strength and experience with captain Harry Tuckwood picking up at eight and driving over. Harvey pulled the conversion kick narrowly wide.
The game was fast and furious with Scouts slotting a very impressive third penalty over to retake the lead at 9-8.
The visitors continued to play the conditions well, keeping the ball among the ever-impressive forwards for Tuckwood to pick up again from the scrum and claim his second try of the day.
With the injured Harvey off the field, the kicking duties went to Shaquille who added the extras.
The home side were back in front once more when they broke through with some good handling skills to score under the posts and finish the half 16-15 up.
The visitors took to the second half with great spirit and determination with the playing conditions now in their favour.
Melton some great territory courtesy of Matt Robinson’s boot which resulted in a good lineout. A fantastic running line from Harry Wood saw him cross over for our first points. Shaquille converted.
The handling and tackling from Melton was immense, but once more Northampton wouldn’t lie down and with four minutes to go went back in the lead with a great run from deep to finish under the posts.
The score set up a very frantic, nail-biting finish.
With fantastic support from the subs and crowd, Melton engineered a great pack phase play, allowing Jamie Robson to dive over, but the referee disallowed the score for a knock-on.
Melton’s last chance appeared to have gone, but in the final minute they were awarded a penalty.
Having decided to run the ball and not take the points, Melton’s phase play was fantastic from one to 15, setting up Ryan Wakefield to cross for a dramatic match-winning score.
Melton: Loveday, Plowman, Jeremiah, Smith, Wetherill, Whitehead, Robson, Deans, Wakefield, Tuckwood, Harrold, Green, Legg, Robinson, Wood, Beesley, Legg, Hobill, Price.