Matlock u14s 27
Matlock travelled to foggy Southwell for the second round of the NLD Cup and came away with a fine win.
Previously, these opponents have always been Matlock’s bogey side but this match was to be be different.
Matlock forwards started the game strongly with good scrummaging which created the chance for Joe Crutterden to pick up and go.
Sloppy tackles resulted in a Crutterden try near the corner.
The next score came from a backs’ move that eventually found Harry Boyd who, after a couple of good hand-offs, touched down in the corner.
Matlock had to play the last five and the first five minutes of each half with 14 men as Harry Boyd was judged to have made a dangerous tackle but still this resulted in no benefit for the home side.
The second half carried on with Matlock in total dominance, playing controlled aggressive rugby, none more so than John Statham, who bustled his way through tackles to score Matlock’s third try.
Matlock took advantage of a penalty after Conor Loughnane was tackled in the air by the Southwell player.
A quick tap by James Marsden and some clever moves in the backs found Andrew Eastwood over the line with Sam Page finally getting a ball in front of the posts to slot over the extra two.
The game finished after James Pooley scored a well-worked try in the corner after good ball handling by the forwards.
It was a pleasure to watch this game, with total committed rugby by every player on the pitch and a well-deserved result for Matlock, who move through to the next round.