Mellish Ladies 41 v 0 Chesterfield Panthers Ladies
Mellish Ladies rounded off their season in fine style building on the solid performances of the past few weeks. After a nervy opening to the half Mellish settled with Jess Wade opening the account from full back to give Mellish a 5-0 lead. With the defensive line speed and 1st up tackles being on point Mellish shutdown Chesterfield but coughed up too much ball by forcing the pass when it wasn’t on. The message at half time was keep the work rate up and make sure that we were clinical and precise in the contact area.
This was soon evident as after some good hands and support lines Sarah Driver crashed over to give Mellish a 10-0 lead. Shortly after, a quick brace of tries by forward of the match Vahi Clerc and a conversion from Hannah Carrington gave Mellish Ladies a 22-0 lead. Some sharp hands and good support lines lead to a 1st try of the season openside Dids Taylor. Mellish Ladies retained their shape and structure and good work from the pack and quick thinking in the backs lead to a try for Jess Panayiotou with the extras added by Hannah Carrington (34-0). The games final score was off a solid platform from the forwards and crisp hands in the backs leading to an overlap exploited by a smart kick though by back of the match Hannah Carrington, great kick chase and off load from Beth Davies to the looping run of Hannah to cross over for a try which she added the extra’s to leaving the score at full time 41-0.
A fitting end to the season for all the hard work of the Ladies.
Buxton 1st XV 38 – 7 Mellish 1st XV
Mellish 1st XV travelled to Buxton with a much changed squad to face the runaway league leaders. After finding themselves 38-0 at half time Mellish rallied in the second half and not only shut out the hosts but after a dominant scrum T J Austin got over for a try that was duly converted by Dave Mason. Plenty of heart and fight shown against the odds by Mellish 1’s in the second half and plenty for the lads to be proud of.
Mellish Dev XV 20 v 24 Nottingham Casuals 3’s
Another much changed Mellish Development XV welcomed Nottingham Casuals to the War Memorial Ground. A spritely start from Mellish saw scrum half Adam Heath score from a quick tap penalty to lead 5-0. Casuals shifted into a higher gear after this and soon crashed over from wave after wave of attacks round the corner and converted to make the score 5-7. After some good pressure Mellish were awarded a penalty which was slotted by Daniel Allen to give Mellish an 8-7 lead. On the eve of half time Mellish 10 Daniel Allen was shown a Yellow Card.
As the 2nd half began Casuals made the numerical advantage count and crossed for another try hat was converted. Unfortunately this lead to quite an unsavoury incident that in fairness to the Casuals skipper he handled it well and replaced the player as the referee was unsighted to what had happened. The incident galvanised Mellish and with Casuals also with a man in the bin Daniel Allen crossed again but the extra’s went wide to leave the sscore at 13-14. Casuals then responded with 2 quick tries with the extra’s going spare to lead 24-13. Mellish pushed hard but took the wrong option when the offload was on before crashing over with Daniel Allen again scoring the try and adding the extra’s & despite some great attacking play at the death Mellish couldn’t find a winner and the game ended with a narrow defeat for Mellish.