Melton RFC juniors show character and skill in narrow Lutterworth loss

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Melton welcomed a strong Lutterworth side to Burton Road for their first match back after the holiday period.

Missing four players to injury, absence and other commitments, Melton were grateful for the loan of a player, but were more than a match for their opponents.

Much of the game comprised of attritional forward play with few flowing back moves from either side until the later stages.

In the first half, jinking runs from the impressive Jakes and man-of-the-match Sommerville – in the thick of things from the outset - were the highlights.

But Lutterworth registered the first points with an opportunistic converted try thanks to an intercepted pass deep in Melton’s 22.

After the interval, a succession of tap penalties from Lutterworth culminated in a second try, and at 12-0 the floodgates may have opened.

Yet Melton showed commendable spirit and narrowed the deficit when Smith picked up the pieces in the loose and shrugged off determined defence to cross the line out wide on the right.

As the clock ticked down, Melton looked to level the game against the odds. Almost straight from the restart, Melton drove deep into opposing territory and over-confidence from Lutterworth was replaced by nervy, desperate defence.

Melton’s resurgent forward play earned them their second try in the dying moments, Morgan capping an excellent performance by falling over the line close to the touchline.

Only a miraculous conversion kick into a blustery wind would have levelled the scores, and Gunby was unlucky to hit the upright.

A narrow defeat but much to be proud of in the performance and plenty of encouragement for 2015.