Matlock denied win by last ditch Paviors kick

Tim Taylor of Matlock Rugby Club
Tim Taylor of Matlock Rugby Club

Matlock Rugby Club were denied a home win by a last-gasp penalty, as old friends and rivals Paviors forced a 13-13 draw at Cromford Meadows.

With the squad still stung by the frustration and disappointment of the previous week, it was vital for Matlock to bounce back with a solid performance.

The return of Dave Hartley to the coaching team together with two good training sessions in the week meant the team were better prepared and more focused.

Paviors took the lead on 12 minutes, however, with the number eight peeling off the blind and crossing the line after a catch and drive.

Undeterred Matlock gained momentum and closed the half with a penalty from the boot of Tom Morton, after Paviors were penalised for not rolling away.

In the second half Matlock were getting penalised too often and were eventually punished when Paviors crossed for another unconverted try.

But the hosts came back again and were rewarded with a fine try.

Hooton crashed up the middle and when the ball was recycled Jackson ran in to touchdown, Morton converting.

Matlock continued to work hard and Morton slotted a penalty for a slender 13-10 lead with 15 minutes left on the clock.

But despite some brave Matlock defence in the dying minutes, on the stroke of full-time Paviors were awarded a penalty in front of the posts enabling them to snatch the draw.

The next league match will be on 7th November away to Bedford Athletic, kick off will be 2.30pm.