Melton RFC Seconds stunned by last-gasp Leicester Forest

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Melton Seconds were left to reflect on another game they could, and perhaps should, have won as they lost out to a last-minute score in a well-contested match.

The visitors fell behind to an early penalty just after a try-saving tackle by Belcher.

Melton came under pressure, but defended well with Haywood and Forfar doing sterling work, but a well-worked try took Forest out to an 8-0 lead.

The tide began to turn as the front row of Simms, Webster and Jeremiah pinched a scrum against the head and Johnson went over.

Skipper Greaves converted to make it 8-7.

Melton were looking after the ball better with Broughton and Martarano hitting the rucks and, despite some beard-tugging, the visitors were getting the better of forward exchanges.

Coming down the slope for the second half, Melton were soon on the attack and Haywood’s charge-down led to an attacking scrum.

Driven on, the ball went through the hands of Freestone and Barton before a ruck was formed and Webster danced over for a try. But the missed conversion by Greaves would ultimately prove costly.

Melton were desperately unlucky not to score when Jeremiah touched down, but the referee was unsighted, From the resulting scrum, Johnson added his second try, converted by Meakin, to put Melton 19-8 ahead.

Forest replied with a score straight from kick-off to make it 19-13. Good defence by Blagburn, Hatfield and Evans kept the hosts at bay until a clean break put the Forest centre in under the posts for a converted try.

Melton just about had time to kick off, but Forest’s scrambling defence got the ball into touch to end an entertaining game.

Melton: Simms, Webster, Jeremiah, Broughton, Martarano, Meakin, Evans, Johnson, Belcher, Haywood, Greaves, Forfar, Freestone, Burton, Hatfield, Blagburn.