Handsome win in the sun for Matlock

James Cooper
James Cooper

Matlock RFC 1sts 53

Peterborough 3

On a glorious Saturday afternoon, Matlock played host to Peterborough and, after two wins on the trot, they were full of confidence.

With Ben Neville out due to injury sustained last week, James Cooper led the squad out.

Straight from the off, Matlock dominated play and, within minutes, Chris Young had slotted home a penalty. James Young, at centre, started to make some nice lines which resulted in a platform for the forwards to progress further down the field.

In their 22, Chris Young chipped a lovely ball over Peterborough’s defence, where it looked certain that bigger brother James would score, only for him to fumble it under the posts at the crucial moment, much to his despair.

Peterborough cleared their line with a kick down field.

The Matlock forwards started to attack from all angles where a penalty was awarded and the Peterborough player was sinbinned.

The ball was taken quickly and passed to the backs where Dan Hooton drew his man to put Chris Young in for a 30-yard dash to score under the posts. He converted his own try.

Peterborough were feeling the pressure in all areas of the field, especially in the scrums where Matlock dominated with their sheer strength.

With good clean balls from the forwards, the backs began to make good opportunities, threatening Peterborough’s line.

With the sin bin time up, Peterborough were now back to full squad.

Matlock were in full flow working their way downfield.

A Matlock penalty in Peterborough’s 22 saw James Shooter take a quick tap to power over the line.

Young converted. From the restart, Matlock handled the ball well and were soon awarded another penalty due to an infringement from the same Peterborough player, who in turn was red-carded.

A quick ball to Chris Young soon found Dan Hooton, who managed to make 30 yards down the pitch.

A good tackle from Peterborough’s full back stopped Hooton in his tracks, but he managed to find James Young who scored under the posts. Young converted.

At half-time, the scoreboard looked promising at 24-3 to Matlock.

In the second half, Matlock grew in confidence. With their forwards working well, and positioned on Peterborough’s line, the ball was shipped out to Chris Young who fell over the line for his second try of the match.

The conversion was missed.

Minutes later, Peterborough chipped the ball, which found Henri Packard to fly down the length of the pitch and score.

Young converted. With the score now at 36-3, Peterborough’s heads dropped and the home side took advantage of this.

Matlock gained three more tries from Cooper, Packard and George Whittaker who scored from a well-executed, crossfield kick from Chris Young.

Final score of the day was 53-3, a great win for Matlock.

All in all, this was a very good performance by the whole squad, with an outstanding performance from Harvey’s Man of the Match, James Cooper.