Excellent team display sees Matlock overcome Newark

Action from the clash between Newark and Matlock on Saturday. Photo by Tom Maddick/Newark Advertiser
Action from the clash between Newark and Matlock on Saturday. Photo by Tom Maddick/Newark Advertiser

Matlock put the disappointment of the previous week’s defeat to Ilkeston behind them as they overcame Nottinghamshire side Newark 26-18 on Saturday.

Playing conditions were anything but conducive to allow flowing rugby to be played and for long periods the game was a scrappy, error-strewn affair.

But in the end it was Matlock who came out on top and with yet another four-try bonus point.

That was despite a dreadful start, as the hosts took the lead in their first attack with a well-worked try, the conversion missed.

Matlock regrouped and on 12 minutes pressure was rewarded with a try from Tom Morton, touching down after a five-metre scrum. Chris Young converted well from wide out and Matlock had a 5-7 lead.

That lead was extended as Matlock continued to apply pressure when the ever alert Young kicked wide for George Whittaker to gather and feed the supporting Dave Hartley to crash over for a try. Young again added the extras.

Matlock then saw Scott Robinson red carded after an ugly ruck that saw Newark’s perpetrator unpunished, but this only served to galvanise the Matlock side and despite a second unconverted try for the home side they continued to have the better share of possession.

With half-time approaching Newark had a player sin-binned and Matlock made the most of being back to equal numbers to drive over for another try and go 19-10 up at the break, James Shooter scoring unconverted.

Greasy conditions made things difficult in the second-half and Newark scored again early on and penalty then saw then saw them move to within a point at 18-19, but Matlock bounced back and James Cooper capped a fine team move to crash over for a vital score which Young converted to secure the win.

Lewis Richardson and Chris Young shared man-of-the-match.

Matlock’s next league game is at home to Market Rasen on March 23. A possible home game this weekend (16th) against Scunthorpe in the Three Counties Cup is pending confirmation from the Lincolnshire Club.