Melton RFC Seconds’ fightback falls short at Belgrave

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Melton RFC Second XV lost another closely-contested match against Belgrave, winning the second half, having already let the hosts get away in the first.

Belgrave went ahead almost from the kick-off with a converted try, and with Melton’s scrum under pressure, the visitors were struggling to get into the game.

They fell 14-0 behind to another converted try and then lost Meakin and Stewart, replaced by Martarano and Greaves.

The changes meant Cowey moved to number eight where he had several pick-ups at the base of the scrum to gain ground.

Chambers was coming into the game with some strong tackles and runs, allowing Jeremiah and Webster to feed off him.

Freeston then broke from his own half, brushed off two tacklers and fed Clarke who scored in the corner to make it 14-5 at half-time.

Melton started the second half well, protecting their own ruck ball and allowing Harper and Farrish to kick them into attacking positions.

From one of these, Jeremiah burst through for a try to make it 21-10.

Newcomer Divers made his mark with a couple of strong runs as Melton began to boss the game, causing panic in the Belgrave defence.

Parton gained some hard yards and when Blagburn came in he not only saved a certain try, but then turned attack into defence which led to a scrum.

Belgrave conceded a penalty and Hayward combined with Cowey who drove over to make it 21-15 to put Melton in with a chance.

Hatfield came on and made a break, but Melton’s hopes were dashed when the referee gave a penalty which Belgrave kicked for a 24-15 lead to put the game out of reach.

Melton: Jeremiah, Webster, Stewart, Broughton, Cowey, Evans, Meakin, Chambers, Martarano, Greaves, Hayward, Farrish, Clarke, Freeston, Divers, Parton, Harper, Blagburn, Hatfield.