Melton RFC Under 15s were quickly given a wake-up call when they entertained a strong Long Eaton side on a cold Sunday morning.
The away team started strongly, converting two tries before Melton had got to grips with the game.
The hosts began to win some ball and take control, resulting in Lambert driving over for their first try of the new year following excellent mauling from the formidable forwards.
The pack almost followed up with a second score as their scrum drove Long Eaton back several yards before the referee pulled them back.
The teams exchanged penalties with Melton showing the upper hand before a breakaway try just before the interval gave the away team the edge.
A disputed try at the start of the second half put Long Eaton in charge and they added another try soon after.
Melton then got into their stride with some good hard running lines made by everyone, resulting in players breaking through the tackle and the first line of defence.
Melton’s heads were up and they turned on the style, dominating the rucks and scrums which produced scores from Legg and Tew.
In the final stages of the match, Long Eaton ran in a further three tries as the home team tired.
But this was a very good performance from Melton who are improving each week.
Many thanks to Melton RFC U15s’ shirt sponsors Melton Sports and Ideagen.
Melton: S. Conboy, C. Davis, J. Davies, A. Gilbert, A. Hutchinson, J. Keightley, W. Lambert, I. Borosova, R. Cole, S. Legg, W. Loveday, J. Lovett, C. Moule, C. Mousley, M. Parker, O. Plowman, L. Pritchett, G. Serio, O. Sommerville, J. Tew, S. Thorpe, L. Wadding.
* It was a cracking start to the new year for Melton RFC Under 13s as they totally outplayed their opponents from Long Eaton.
Melton started the game in cracking style and within two minutes the forwards had dominated the breakdown and released Cameron P. He smashed his way through the opposition to crash over for his first try of the season.
Tom Page then coolly converted from a tight angle to give Melton a seven-point lead.
It was just phase after phase of dominant play which led to Melton’s second try from Con F.
Archie W, Melton’s flying winger, was next on the scoresheet and it was then the turn of powerful lock Adam A to bag a brace of tries before Con F completed the first half with another try.
The forwards and backs were in great form and impressive fly-half Tom P never missed a kick as unstoppable Melton left the field with a half-time lead of 49-0.
Following a discussion with Long Eaton, Melton agreed to loan them some players to ensure that the spirit of rugby was upheld.
This led to a much closer second half and a final result of 61-22.
A special mention goes to the outstanding Cameron P and Adam A who made his return to the squad following injury and was named the Melton coaches’ man-of-the-match.
Con F played some superb rugby for both teams and scored a hat-trick of tries to win the overall man-of-the-match award, as voted by both teams.