Melton RFC Seconds shut out Oakham in derby

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Melton carried on their good work from the previous weekend with an emphatic victory over near neighbours Oakham.

Nowhere was the victory more emphatic than in the scrum where Wade took so many against the head he must have lost count.

Backed up by props Brooks and Stewart, with power coming through from Meakin and skipper Martorano, this was the foundation that Melton built their victory on.

Oakham stuck to the task and did not opt for uncontested scrums which other teams have done this season.

Forwards on the front foot gave space for the back row to operate and Moore, Chambers and Brooks made the most of it. A break by Chambers saw him pass to Woolley who outpaced the defence to score.

Haywood and Peters at half-back kept the game moving, and Freestone in the centre provided a target for the forwards to recycle the ball and drive it on for two further first half tries for Brooks and Chambers.

Trailing 15-0 at half-time, and playing uphill in the second half, Oakham took the game to Melton and had them defending in their own 22 when an interception saw Blagburn run in from 85 metres before drop kicking the conversion.

The hosts ran the ball back at every opportunity, particularly through Broughton at full-back, and Gunter was unlucky to have had his foot adjudged in touch as he began one attack.

Melton brought on McGhee, Evans, Broughton and newcomer Coghill in the pack who crowned his debut with a hard-driving try off a lineout.

The crowd were also treated to the sight of Greaves filling the 10 shirt as Melton added further tries from McGhee and Brooks. Meakin’s 40m conversion from wide out put the icing on the cake in a hard-fought game.