Matlock put up a fight in season’s final match

Charlie Jackson (with ball) gets involved against Kettering. Photo by Colin Baker.
Charlie Jackson (with ball) gets involved against Kettering. Photo by Colin Baker.

Matlock 31 Kettering 54

Relegated Matlock were involved in a high-scoring encounter to round off their campaign against Kettering.

Kettering were soon on the attack against a once again depleted Matlock team and with only minutes on the board the visitors had grabbed the lead with a converted try.

The Matlock pack sprung into action and reward came with a converted try from Matt Goodall in the corner after a series of pick and drives which also included a brilliant running line by Chris Atkinson.

Kettering, however, continued to look dangerous and scored two more tries in fairly quick succession and then added another when the Matlock defence was disorganised following an injury to Ben Neville, half-time arriving with the hosts 20 points behind.

In the second-half Matlock continued to take on Kettering up front and had some degree of success as the opposition pack struggled to deal with the Matlock pack’s pick and drives and driving maul off the lineout which performed probably the best it had all season.

From a penalty on half way Tom Morton found a good touch and having won the lineout the pack drove Kettering back over the try line for another score, Goodall again emerging with the ball.

Morton converted from wide out and shortly after added a penalty kick.

Kettering bounced back immediately by scoring again but Matlock were refusing to lie down and Henri Packard soon raced away to score, Morton again converting.

With the game now very open and the result of no real consequence a tiring Matlock allowed Kettering two further scores but had the final say with their fourth and bonus point try scored by James Cooper.

With the league season finally over Matlock can now look forward to the Derbyshire Cup game at home to Glossop which takes place on Easter Saturday (April 19) with a 3pm kick-off.