Bakewell Mannerians 2nds 14
Matlock 3rds 52
Forget the long history of rivalry between these two local clubs. This match was played in the proper spirit of amateur rugby union, and in the manner which many senior clubs would do well to emulate.
Sure enough there was incident, sure enough there was dissatisfaction with decisions on both sides but these things are part of the game, and both teams had been pleased to see a society referee when he turned up.
Matlock kicked off but Bakewell’s veteran half back pairing of Rob Jackson and Chris Westwood used secure ball effectively, and with the ebullient Hopkinson charging at Matlock from No 8, things looked quite orderly.
However, in Matlock’s first attack they hoisted a modest ‘Garry Owen’, which saw Bakewell’s defence dithering, and the ball bounced nicely into the arms of Matlock’s Bolam who had an easy run-in from the 22 for the try. Richards converted.
Five minutes later, Matlock forced a ruck on Bakewell’s 22; the ball was swung out, and poor tackling in midfield saw Fairclough glide through to score between the posts, and slot the conversion himself.
Bakewell now raised their game, and for the next half hour their forwards gained parity, with the work of Boam and Foster underlining the ground made by Hopkinson in the loose. Following a lineout on Matlock’s 22, Bakewell’s centre Portier carved through Matlock’s defence for the try.Westwood converted
The game continued in the same vein, and ten minutes into the second half, Westwood provided the feed for Bakewell’s man of the match Portier to cut a sublime angle through to register another try beneath the posts, Westwood converting.
For an hour Bakewell had parity, but now literally ran out of legs.
The last 20 minutes turned into a procession of tries for Matlock as they brought on the fittest of fresh legs. AMatlock’s abundance of youth and fitness eventually racked up 38 points in the last quarter.