Melton RFC extend unbeaten league record at Mellish

Melton RFC First XV are 17 points clear in Midlands 3 East after their 44-10 win at Mellish EMN-150202-124035002
Melton RFC First XV are 17 points clear in Midlands 3 East after their 44-10 win at Mellish EMN-150202-124035002
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Melton travelled to Mapperley Plains to face Mellish on a bitterly cold and breezy Saturday afternoon.

The Firsts started brightly on a heavy pitch and went ahead with a well-worked try after five minutes.

Swift hands by Radford following a set scrum on the Mellish 10-metre line set up the chance for Williams to score out wide on the right.

The second try arrived soon after when a clever kick by Grindley at 10 forced the home side into a poor clearance kick. A catch and drive from the resulting line-out was finally touched down by Kemp with 20 minutes gone.

Melton then forced the hosts into giving the ball up to Crossland who was outstanding in asserting pressure on the opposition.

Once the front row of Prior, Badham and Stapleford demolished the Mellish scrum, Crossland fed Gormley to score a try which Warwick converted on the half-an-hour mark.

Melton commanded the lineout with Long, Kemp and Crossland taking clean ball from Marcus Badham.

Rose, playing at nine for the first time this season, was swift in providing quality ball to his back line with Radford and Collins showing real attacking finesse in the centre, while Glover was busy as always in both attack and defence on the left wing.

Warwick was next to score with a great try left of the uprights after wrong-footing the opposition from 25 metres out.

With five minutes remaining in the first half, Collins took the ball out right from broken play 15 metres inside his own half and showed his class to coast round several players on his way to an outstanding try to cap a 27-0 half-time lead.

Changes were made for the second half with Osborn on for Prior, Lennox for Gormley and Brooks for Stapleford.

Mellish now had the slight wind advantage and to their credit rallied, but they were once again pegged back. Sam Badham who was dominant in carrying the ball at every opportunity, fed Williams on the right wing who just made the line with inches to spare to score his second try out wide after 45 minutes.

Mellish had a fine 20 minutes with their scrum now competing, bolstered by strong running and support play from forwards and backs, and their number seven scored a deserved try from 20 metres out as Melton went to sleep.

This stirred the visitors into action, and Radford scored on the left after a determined mazy run to the line. Collins converted a difficult kick from 30 metres.

With 70 minutes gone Mellish again applied the pressure and from a maul 20 metres out, the nippy home scrum-half raced to the line for a deserved second try after Willimas was unluckily yellow carded for obstruction.

Melton had the final say on the stroke of full-time when Kemp found the line for his second try after a pick-and-go from a ruck 10 metres out.

Melton: Stapleford, M. Badham, Prior, S. Badham, Long, Crossland, Gormley, Kemp, Rose, Grindley, Radford, Collins, Williams, Glover, Warwick, Osborn, Lennox, Brooks.