Melton’s brilliant young guns battled through to the final of the Leicestershire Rugby Union Plate after this epic semi-final.
They booked a place in the final – which will be on home turf on March 20 against Market Bosworth U16s – following an exhilarating, end-to-end tussle at Ashby.
Ashby made a flying start with their number 10 evading weak tackles to open the scoring.
The omens weren’t looking good at that stage.
But Melton responded quickly through Beesley’s charge down and pick up, only for the lads to gift the home side another try.
Both of these scores were expertly converted to put the hosts 14-0 to the good.
Melton got a foothold in the contest when captain Green, leading by example throughout, reduced the deficit.
Back came Ashby, however, as they crossed the whitewash again, their conversion attempt tantalisingly bouncing twice on the crossbar before falling short.
At 22-10 down, Melton had to up their game considerably to turn their dream of a home final into reality.
Could the forwards gain the ascendency and would the backs be able to link up to breach Ashby’s defences, their supporter wondered?
And they most certainly did.
From that point on the team’s fitness and fleet of foot saw them respond well, as they began winning the majority of the set plays, linking up in the backs and smothering much of the threat from the opposing centres.
Indeed, they could even have come into half-time all square after concerted pressure in front of the Ashby posts.
However, Melton took control in the second half.
Tries from Thompson, the impressive Dixon and Green, again, with only one further try from Ashby, saw that 12-point deficit had been transformed into a five-point winning margin for Melton.
Much of the last 10 minutes were played deep in the Ashby 22, before the final whistle sparked celebrations from the jubilant visiting contingent.
Huge credit goes to the whole squad of 20 players, coaches, first aider and travelling supporters.
Melton RFC are now looking forward to hosting the LRU Plate finals – the U13s and U15s on Sunday, March 13 (10.30am) and then the U14s and U16s on Sunday, March 20 (12 noon).