Awful conditions greeted a depleted Melton RFC under 11s for a triangular tournament at Keyworth.
A biting wind and heavy pitch did not suit Melton’s fast flowing rugby and they started sluggishly. The visitors soon fell behind, but responded through Dorsett who made a pacy break and got up quickly from a tap tackle to level.
Two bulldozing tries from a fired-up Hardman followed as Keyworth failed to cope with his direct, powerful running. A clever run from Cropper, back from long-term injury, allowed Dickson to float a lovely long pass to the wing where Dorsett ghosted in to make it 4-1.
Hardman completed his hat-trick moments later after a nice team move. Injuries and substitutions for Melton handed Keyworth a late flurry of tries, but the visitors held on for a deserved 5-4 win.
In the second game, Melton faced a large Newark squad, but it was their small, speedy winger who went clear to put them ahead.
Newark were by far the stronger side despite great tackling and brave rucking from Tilson. More Melton substitutions early in the second half allowed Newark to cut straight through the defence for a deserved 2-0 lead.
Again Melton responded well with their best spell of the day.
From an attacking scrum, good quick ball from the industrious Dickson allowed man-of-the-match Hardman to smash through two tackles to make it 2-1. Mills came on late and his intelligent run and offload allowed Mitchell to go over in the corner.
As Newark tired, Melton were camped in their 22, but the clock beat them and the game finished all-square.