High-flying hosts are too good for Matlock

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Old Northamptonians 20 Matlock 13

Matlock put up a good fight at strong starters Old Northamptonians on Saturday but ultimately fell to defeat by seven points.

It was the home side’s sixth win out of six so far this season, whilst Matlock continue to struggle with just Peterborough below them in the league table.

The match wasn’t a pretty encounter with the whistle frequently interrupting proceedings, indeed Matlock were awarded five times as many penalties as the hosts.

It was from one of these penalties that the visitors took the lead as they kicked to the corner and then a perfectly-executed line-out drive saw second row Dan Littlewood eventually dive over the line for the opening score.

The home side bounced back immediately and after they stole a Matlock throw in Sam Howes touched down, his try converted by Matt Love.

The following 20 minutes produced little in the way of constructive rugby but Matlock cared little about that when the re-took the lead on 28 minutes with a successful kick from scrum-half Tom Morton.

As the half drew to a close Morton just failed with another attempt before the home side moved upfield and following a scrum in the Matlock 22, Love’s long pass put Lewis Bodily clear to give the home side a 12-8 lead at the break.

The third quarter of the game passed without too much incident but when Matlock were awarded a penalty and after probing left, the ball was switched to the right and Henri Packard weaved his way through to score, though the conversion was narrowly missed.

The next score would be crucial and it went to the home side as Howes went over for his second try which was converted to seal the win, despite good pressure from Matlock to score again before the end.