Melton RFC U16s bounce back at Loughborough

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Melton RFC Under 16s bounced back from their cup loss the previous week with victory in an excellent match at Loughborough on Remembrance Sunday.

The generous loan of a forward made up the numbers and Melton withstood early pressure as the home side missed a penalty.

Melton’s rapid response was to open the scoring, with flanker Garnett crossing the whitewash out wide on the right.

However, reluctance to dive on a loose ball allowed Loughborough to level.

Shortly after, Smith’s charge down saw Sommerville dive over to restore the visitors’ lead, and Gunby’s excellent conversion kick kept low but took the score to 12-5 at the interval.

Conscious that the next score would be key, Melton re-started the match positively and Thompson tumbled over the line after the forwards quickly processed recycled ball.

The ebb and flow of the game saw Loughborough pressurise Melton on their own try line. Two cards ensued and the hosts deservedly closed the gap to 17-12 with a converted try.

Owens’ effort was thwarted close to the try line, but fine link-up play involving the backs allowed him to score and restore a 10-point advantage.

Once more the home side responded until a timely grubber kick from Golland sent the ball into touch, deep inside the opposing 22.

From here, Sommerville doubled his try tally to take the final score to 27-17.

This was a great win and showed character which should spur the team on as their season develops.