Melton RFC’s return to summit with 13-try blitz at Leicester Forest

Melton skipper Marcus Badham makes a break against Leicester Forest EMN-151124-115101002
Melton skipper Marcus Badham makes a break against Leicester Forest EMN-151124-115101002
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Melton ran riot at Leicester Forest as a 13-try demolition job moved them back to the top of the league.

Head coach Gareth Collins made changes with the versatile Harvey Green slotting in at full-back and Sam Dennison returning as a replacement after a long injury lay-off.

Leicester Forest 0-77 Melton RFC EMN-151124-115112002

Leicester Forest 0-77 Melton RFC EMN-151124-115112002

Leicester started brightly, using the strong wind to good advantage up the slope as Melton started slowly. But captain Marcus Badham ensured the visitors soon raised their game and began to exert control in the set piece.

A well-marshalled forward drive gave quick ball to the backs as Carl Prior set Matt Cox off on a jinking run. When he was tackled just short, Chris Rose arrived to pick up and dart over. Cox added the conversion.

Sam Badham took the restart with Dave Osborn in support. A slick pass gave space for James Woolley who used his impressive turn of pace to score before Cox kicked the extras.

A set scrum in midfield gave Melton a good platform to launch several phases of play into home territory. Leon Gormley and Dan Wakefield were prominent before Ryan Kemp was given room to gallop over for a fine try. Cox’s conversion opened up a healthy 21-0 lead.

Lewis Moult then picked up from the base of a five-metre scrum to drive over in the corner to build a 26-0 half-time lead.

Collins asked for more effort in the second half and was rewarded as his side upped the pace straight from the kick-off.

Gormley’s stunning tackle allowed Wakefield to steal the ball and race away with remarkable pace to score. Not to be outdone, Matt Cox then danced his way over for a try.

Leicester had little answer to the constant attacks as Melton pressed from all areas.

Every forward played their part with Ryan Kemp and Sam Badham revelling in the wet conditions. Another ruck saw Wayne Brookes wrestle the ball away and quick ball saw Woolley scorch over from halfway.

Wakefield was then in support for Marcus Badham’s fine break from his own 22, taking the ball at pace and brushing off the cover defence before Sam Badham popped up to take the scoring pass.

Leicester’s defence was beginning to resemble a meet and greet arrangement as Melton made inroads at will.

From a quickly-taken tap penalty, Woolley found Harvey Green who injected pace from full-back to race over and bring up the half-century of points.

Adam Broughton’s break upfield left tacklers flat-footed and Marcus Badham read the play superbly to burst through more covering tackles. Chris Williams was tackled short of the line, but Rose was first at the breakdown and sold a lovely dummy to score.

Dennison added fresh legs from the bench and immediately made an impact when he took the kick-off and raced through the defence. Cox’s clever chip over Leicester’s back line allowed Adam Broughton to race away on the wing and score. Cox added the extras.

The final two tries were good examples of Melton’s forward dominance. Leicester were driven back from another scrum and Moult made the initial break before Wakefield picked up to score his second try.

Gormley’s searing break and Green’s pace was finished off by Woolley to complete his hat-trick before Cox capped the scoring.

Harder opposition will follow with title rivals Lutterworth and Market Harborough still to play, but this performanceswill give great confidence for such challenges.

Melton: H. Green, C. Williams, J. Woolley, C. Prior A. Broughton, M. Cox, C. Rose, D. Osborne, M. Badham, D. Wakefield, R. Kemp, L. Moult, L. Gormley. Replacements: B. Prior, S. Dennison, C. Jeremiah.