It was a case of what might have been for Melton as they came up against their old foes on Sunday.
Against a strong Harborough side, Melton knew they would have to be at their best, with every player having to bring their A game and tackle with the ferocity and courage they had shown in previous weeks.
But some lacklustre tackling and, at times, poor decision-making enabled Harborough to run in several tries.
In the first half, the only threat in the visitors’ 22 was a flock of seagulls blown in from the coast on this blustery day, until Sommerville dived over beneath the post. Gunby converted.
As the second half began, the home side showed renewed vigour, but they came straight back down to earth when a loose ball was gathered up just inside their own half and touched down for another score.
The side battled on, however, and there were moments of encouragement, particularly in the performances of Plowman and Thorpe.
And when Melton did begin to gain territory, a further try from Blyth gave the side a much-needed boost.
Among the forwards, Thompson made numerous, penetrating charges into opposing territory and Dixon often picked and drove in the loose.
Back line activity was limited, but Johnson’s trademark sprints required strong tackles to halt him.
With some stiff challenges ahead, it’s time for Melton to regroup as a team and use their midweek training sessions to build spirit and regain some momentum.