Matt Bright provides his latest Mellish RFC rugby team round-up…
Chesterfield Pink Panthers Ladies 5 v 83 Mellish Ladies:
Mellish Ladies travelled to Chesterfield looking to bounce back from last week’s cup defeat against Kenilworth.
Chesterfield Panthers were a tough opponent and put our pack under pressure in the 1st half and committed hard at the breakdown making front foot ball hard. After a period of adjustment Mellish Ladies managed to start shifting the ball wide and our backs were more direct & began to take advantage in the outside channels using some of the work we have done in training to good effect. After finding some parity in the scrum in the 2nd half but still having to battle hard at the breakdown against a gritty Chesterfield side Mellish still worked the ball wide whenever they could and found success out wide and in broken field play.
Mellish Ladies ended the game with a win against our hosts that made us work hard throughout.
The scorers on the day were Ebony Hancock (7T), Hannah Wilson (2T & 9 Cons), Sarah Driver (2T), Kathy Chapman (1T) & Megan Franks (1T).
Back of the Match – Ebony Hancock
Forward of the Match – Megan Franks
Coaches Player – Hannah Wilson
Sileby RFC 34 v 24 Mellish 1st XV
Mellish 1st XV travelled to Sileby in the RFU Junior Vase but couldn’t continue there rich vein of form and started slowly and were undone by the hosts and came up short. The Mellish try scorers were Jonny Fox, Gabe McDonald, James Young & Craig Clarke with Ross Pickering and Matt Grinney adding a conversion each.
Mini & Junior Round Up
Mellish Under 15’s took a much changed side to Southwell and lost in a valiant effort to the hosts 27 – 15
Mellish Under 12’s took there ever growing newly formed side to Matlock but were beaten by the hosts on the day but showed great heart and spirit in their 1st game of the season. There was plenty of raw talent on display from Mellish and the signs are good for the rest of the season.
Mellish Under 11’s continued there dominant run and beat proved to be too well drilled for a good Matlock side winning again this season.
Mellish Under 9’s travelled to Matlock on Sunday for a thoroughly competitive series of games. In the first match, Mellish ran out comfortable winners. Matlock were unable to cope with the ferocious defence and strong running from our lads. In the second game Matlock strengthened their team considerably, bringing on a very large and strong lad, who liked to tackle high and run hard together with a wee whippet that had some serious gas. The Mellish lads did do well though, they kept their discipline, and were only overcome by some impressive break away tries by the opposition.
There was a break after the second game, where we were able to work on a few of the issues encountered in the previous match. After the break, Mellish came back hard at Mansfield in a very competitive and close encounter in which we eventually came out winners. This meant Mellish won 2 out of the three games on the day. The team are improving well and are putting into practice what they have been learning on the training field. Well done to all who took part, everyone is improving and it is great to see. Special mention to Nicky, the player of the week for his dedication and determination. He worked as hard to win the ball back when we lost possession as he did running forward and supporting his team mates when we had the ball.