Bakewell u13s 10
Matlock u13s 55
Matlock followed up last week’s thumping win over Sheffield Tigers with a comfortable victory over Bakewell.
The game had to be played at Lady Manners School due to a wet pitch and the match proved a tough battle but Matlock showed extra class and determination to force four tries in the first half and five in the second.
Joe Crutterden kicked things off with a fine, strong run-in, followed by Andrew Eastwood with good hand-offs to go under the posts. Bakewell came back with a try, only to be cancelled out by John Statham after strong work by the forwards.
There were then no tries for a long period of the game until, just before half-time, Solomon Curran twisted his way over for a good try.
In the second half, Bakewell threw everything at Matlock but still could not break their defence.
A penalty was conceded by Bakewell with Conor Loughnane taking a quick tap and go to score in the corner. Statham was in again after Matlock set up a rolling maul which saw John Statham peel off the blindside to touch down.
Hayden Williamson scored the seventh try with a run from the halfway line and Joe Crutterden decided to copy the previous try, this time collecting from the kick-off on his own 22 to score. Bakewell ground out a try after pressure on Matlock’s line but John Statham completed his hat-trick in the final minute of the game. The converted kicks came from Sam Page (four) and James Marsden.