Midlands Two East (North)
Matlock 59 Dronfield 13.
Matlock began the new season in impressive style with a home win over Dronfield on Saturday.
From the kick-off it looked like it was going to be a long day for the visitors as they were immediately on the back foot and under pressure.
With only two minutes gone a Matlock line-out followed by a catch and drive over the Dronfield line saw Luke Crofts touch down. The conversion attempt was wide.
The second score came five minutes later when, following a scrum on halfway, Dave Hartley chipped through, the Dronfield defender knocked on and Ben Neville picked up the loose ball and surged forward before passing to Luke Howard to cross line for the score. Tom Morton’s conversion attempt came back off the upright.
Dronfield pulled points back with a penalty, but when a Dave Hartley chip was collected by Josh Dixey, quick handling by Neville and Dan Hooton saw Howard race away for his second try. Morton added the extras.
Croft received a yellow card for obstruction and Dronfield added the resultant penalty, but half-time came with Matlock 17-6 ahead.
Dronfield registered first in the second-half with a converted try in the corner. But Matlock then upped the intensity, pace and power and, within two minutes, they had begun to stretch the lead.
A rehearsed move off a scrum in the Dronfield 22 saw Neville run a great line, scythe through the defence and sidestep the fullback to score under the posts.
Morton added the extras and the floodgates were thrown open as further scores were added at regular intervals.
Jonny Bunting was next on the scoresheet, diving over from close range following a barrage on the visitors line. Morton converted.
Hooton then raced away under the posts to score before Simon Wright dived over after Neville was stopped just short.
The home side were rampant in attack and the final two tries scored by the powerful Scott Robinson were both preceded by some excellent and exciting passages of play. Morton converted all six second-half tries.
Man-of-the-match went to Nick Coombes.