Tired Matlock lose at champions Syston

Alex Powell, Matlock RFC
Alex Powell, Matlock RFC

In what feels like the longest season ever, Matlock travelled to league winners Syston for a rearranged fixture and lost 50-7.

The January game had been called off somewhat farcically and it appeared the ground was probably even harder on this occasion.

Following a lighter warm-up than usual in the hear, Matlock looked sharp and purposeful, putting together several good phases and pushing the home side back deep into their own half. With only six minutes gone, quick recycling of the ball and sharp handling from Crofts and James Young gave Dan Hooton the opening to force his way over for his ninth try of the season.

Chris Young converted brilliantly from out wide. From the restart Matlock attacked again working their way up field and Syston unusually were looking under pressure. Young spotted Brookes unmarked out wide and attempted an audacious miss pass to capitalise on the overlap. The Matlock line however was very flat and the risky pass was intercepted by Syston captain Warren Coles who raced 80 yards to score a converted try nine minutes in and scores were level.

This bad luck seemed to affect some of the Matlock side and within minutes Syston had scored another unconverted try.

At this point Matlock were still in the game but the defence in certain areas was not up to its usual standard allowing the home side to add two more converted tries before half time.

In the second half Matlock continued to battle against a very good home side. Despite some great defensive efforts by Crofts, Powell, Coombes and Dan Hooton they were unable to prevent the home side adding four more tries.

Next Saturday sees the last league game, at home to Derby, a game the boys will definitely be up for.