Melton Third XV take positives from one-sided clash

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The odds were stacked against Melton Thirds when matched with Lutterworth’s Second XV, but although the visitors scored with lightning pace and precision, their honesty and good nature lessened the pasting.

To Melton’s credit, no-one gave up and 18 players had a useful afternoon, especially Nick Spargo, Kev Sherman and James Marmant who all returned to the fold last week and made significant contributions until they ran out of steam.

Gary McCann, Stu Bowles, Jordan Pawley and Matt Horne also continue to impress with ball in hand and all were directly involved with Melton’s points.

Lutterworth went 28 points up before Melton’s forwards turned the screw. McCann, Gifford and Middleton combined to pinch possession and Bowles’ neat transfer gave Marmant enough momentum to crash through two tackles and score in the corner.

Lutterworth scored again to lead 35-5 at half-time.

Lovely runs from Neil Crowe, Horne, Paul Blagburn and Luke Pawley kept Melton in the hunt for more points, but every slip or poor pass was punished by the visitors.

The forwards still drove onwards and Horne jinked into a ruck and Bowles carried again. Two rucks later and Melton scored under the posts through Steve Kerr’s pick and drive which Gifford converted easily.

Lutterworth ran in three more tries to cap a 73-12 win, but bought the hosts a jug of beer as a consolation prize for the unfair competition.