Melton RFC Colts made it through to round three of the National Cup after a superb squad performance against Old Towcestrians last weekend.
The result avenged last season’s cup exit at the hands of the same opponents with Melton keyed up to exact revenge from the start.
The game started at a great pace with the early exchanges in midfield as both packs proved tough to break down. But it was Melton’s pack, led by captain Ryan Wakefield, who earned the first penalty.
The hosts kicked to the corner and with Jack Plowman’s good throw and Sam Webster’s take they were unlucky not to cross for the first try, but the ball was turned over and cleared.
Morgan-Smith’s great lineout steal and pass found Cank who swiftly moved the ball down the line to Robinson. Good ground was made, but another turnover allowed the visitors to clear.
Cank was forced off with a damaged knee, but Melton were swoon ahead when they won a penalty on the 22 and Harvey Green slotted over.
Melton had most of the game, but Tow came back with a breakaway converted try.
Wakefield took a good high ball from the restart, but went into touch.
From the lineout, Tow kept good ball and scored another try, against the run of play, and shellshocked Melton went into half-time trailing 12-3.
George Hall and Wilf Carrier came on for the second half as good work from the front row of Loveday, Plowman and Smith began to make a difference and forced a penalty.
The option to kick for the corner worked as Hall took good lineout ball for a driving maul from which Wakefield crossed for the try.
Melton were starting to get back on top and with replacements Serio and Wetherill now on, more good running from Lyle, Wood and Robinson made ground and forced another penalty.
Green took a quick penalty and passed to Robinson. The move found Wood who darted upfield and passed back to Green who dived over. Green added a tricky conversion to make it 15-12 with 10 minutes left.
Tow turned on the pressure as Melton began to struggle, conceding a silly penalty. The visitors decided to go for the three points, but pulled a difficult kick wide.
Melton dug deep with mazy runs from Aiden and Hall, but again the ball was turned over at the breakdown.
Quick ball took Tow into the home 22 where another penalty was conceded in front of the posts.
But Tow opted for the corner and when the lineout the ball was not straight, Melton cleared their lines and hung on for a good win from a wholehearted match.
Melton: Smith, Plowman, Loveday, Webster, Jordon, Deans, Wakefield (c), Morgan-Smith, Cank, Robinson, Hobill, Barradell, Wood, Hurrel, Brooks, Carrier, Serio, Green, Hall, Wetherill.