Melton RFC U15s overcome slow start to seal county cup passage

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Melton RFC Under 15s made it through to the second round of the County Cup with a handsome 32-14 win at Lutterworth.

Playing into a very strong headwind, Melton were very slow out of the blocks in their opening game of the season, going behind 7-0 to physical opponents.

Melton replied shortly after with an excellent run from Fairlie who converted his own try, and this was soon followed soon by a second try for Hardman to take the visitors into a 12-7 lead.

Lutterworth used the wind advantage to play a kick and chase game which resulted in their second converted try to restore their lead.

But strong running by the Melton forwards and good handling by the backs allowed Tilson a brace of tries, and with Silk scoring in the corner on the stroke of half-time Melton turned around with a deserved 27-14 lead.

The action-packed first half could not be matched in the second which was played at a much slower tempo.

Solid defending by Melton denied Lutterworth further scoring opportunities, and a well-drilled lineout by the forwards, under the new lifting laws, allowed the backs to spread the ball wide.

Dickson finished in the corner to add the only score of the half.

Melton: H. Snodin, C. Ford, D. Keating, D. Silk, S. Thorpe, S. Sharp, A. Cropper, W. Dickson, C. Mills, H. Cave, C. Lewis, D. Hardman, H. Tilson, M. Fairlie, H. Dixon, J. Neath, L. De’Oliveria, T. Emery-Peters, E. Knott.