Rampant Matlock run in 12 tries

Lewis Richardson
Lewis Richardson

MATLOCK RFC gave a dazzling display of rugby on Saturday, scoring 12 tries in a thumping 83-7 Midlands One East victory over hapless visitors Wellingborough at Cromford Meadows.

With five minutes gone, Matlock took the lead through a penalty, courtesy of Chris Young’s trusty boot and never looked back from that moment on.

Luke Crofts scored the first try on 19 minutes and three more tries came in quick succession from Dan Hooton, Chris Buckley and David Hartley.

Young converted one of these to take the halftime score to 27-0 with the bonus point already secured.

There was to be no respite for Wellingborough after the break as player/coach Mike Brookes’s half-time talk ensured there would be no relaxing.

Young crossed the line first and added the conversion.

From the kick-off, Luke Crofts caught the ball and rampaged through the Wellingborough defence before popping the ball to Buckley to score his second try. Young again added the extras.

Matlock then brought on Henry Packard and he got onto the scoresheet with two tries. Minutes later Dan Hooton scored his second try and Brookes was next on the scoresheet, crashing through the defence from a quick tap penalty, before Hooton completed his hat-trick.

With minutes to go Matlock, James Young popped the ball to Lewis Richardson, in only his second appearance for the side in his first season of rugby, who picked the perfect line to slice through the defence and score under the posts. Young successfully kicked what turned out to be his tenth andn final conversion of a memorable afternoon for Matlock.

This week, Matlock entertain Newark in what should be another lively encounter. Kick off is at 3pm.