Matlock play host to NLD matches

Tim Taylor
Tim Taylor

MATLOCK RFC will be offering a warm welcome to officials and players of the Notts, Lincs and Derbys RFU as they host the NLD rugby finals at Cromford Meadows on Sunday.

Eight teams from Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire will contest for four trophies and all are looking for silverware as the season draws to a close. All eyes will be on Matlock as they contest the Shield final.

The action kicks off at 11.30am with Lincolnshire side North Hykeham facing off against Nottingham’s Bingham for the NLD Vase.

Kicking off at 12noon will be Dronfield RFC and Lincolnshire side Stamford.

Dronfield have finished high up in Midlands Three East North and were disappointed to miss out on promotion, while Stamford finished top of their league and will be competing at the same level as their Derbyshire opponents next season, albeit in the Midlands Three South.

The main event for many at Cromford kicks off at 1.30pm as Matlock take on Notts Casuals in the NLD Shield. Matlock will want to finish off a reasonable season in style and lift some silverware.

Matlock’s opponents finished second in Midlands Three East and defeated Nottingham Moderns in the semi-final in convincing fashion last weekend.

Bringing matters to a close on Sunday will be the NLD Cup final, kicking off at 3pm.

Both sides are no strangers to Cromford Meadows in recent years.

NLD cup holders Derby RFC take on Mansfield in an intriguing encounter.

Mansfield will go into the match as slight favourites, having beaten Derby into second place in the league and last week won promotion to the National Three via a play-off. Derby will be looking to add to the Derbyshire Cup that they picked up by defeating Ilkeston.

The bar and refreshments will be served from 12noon and there will be plenty of parking available for spectators and players.

Meanwhile, Saturday’s Midlands One East game between Matlock and Derby was abandoned after 63 minutes when the referee pulled up with a calf strain and was unable to continue.

Matlock had just scored a try to take a 20-18 lead and the match is now in the hands of the RFU with the options open to those deliberating on the matter including a replay or even the match being declared a 0-0 draw.