Second half display seals it

Matlock RFC u15s 36

Mosborough 20

To use the cliché “it was a game of two halves” would be an understatement but that’s what happened at Cromford last Sunday morning.

Matlock didn’t seem to want to play in rugby the first half and with injuries, the team had to be last minute rejigged, which only added to their mental approach.

Mosborough took control and had Matlock on the back foot with strong running and rucking resulting in three tries.

Matlock showed some character with centre Rory Cookman making a strong run to score, with Will Molynieux slotting the important extra two points. This only fired up Mosborough, who came back with a try just on half-time.

It must have been something in the half-time water as the forwards decided enough was enough and took the game to Mosborough. First Jack Murray used his size and strength to crash over the line, next came George Healy, who scored with defenders hanging off him.

John Statham showed his skill and speed, going low to score, with Molynieux kicking the extra two, giving Matlock the lead for the first time.

With Mosborough now on the back foot, Matlock pushed on with a chip over the top. Mosborough’s number 15 collected, stepped past one tackle only to meet Matlock’s prop Conor Loughnane running in, who tackled him to the ground with Matlock’s forwards quickly over the ball, resulting in a turnover which ended up in George Healy’s hands.

He bulldozed over for his second try and Will Molynieux kicked the two, which meant Mosborough needed at least scores to catch up.

Matlock wisely took their time as the clock ticked down and the last move of the game came from the backs as Tom Lawrence found himself at the back of a ruck. He looked up to notice his winger had come infield so he picked up, pinned back his ears and set off, leaving his opposite winger trailing behind. Even Mosborough’s speedy centre’s attempt to cover tackle led to nothing.

This Sunday, Matlock take on Derby in the NLD competition. With a fully fit squad and the attitude of this second half they have every right to be confident.