Panthers off to a flier

Chesterfield Panthers RUFC's captain Steve Avenier leads out in the season's opening 90-0 victory with Leesbrook at the Panthers' new Dunston Road ground.
Chesterfield Panthers RUFC's captain Steve Avenier leads out in the season's opening 90-0 victory with Leesbrook at the Panthers' new Dunston Road ground.

Chesterfield Panthers RUFC clinched an emphatic 90-0 victory over promoted Leesbrook during the club’s first home league game of the season at its new Dunston Road ground.

Panthers’ domination resulted in a driving maul from 25 metres finished by Joe Walton with five minutes gone. Ali Sherlock converted.

Within minutes Glen Grayson ran from 35 metres for Chesterfield’s second with Sherlock converting.

Both had strong scrums but poor clearance by Leesbrook gave Chesterfield the upper hand.

A great break by Rob Collins led to a Chesterfield penalty. Chesterfield’s Joe Walton drove the ball over the line for the third try with a missed conversion.

Joe Walton soon triumphed again but the try was not converted. Carl Walker also scored but the conversion was missed.

Leesbrook fought back against Chesterfield’s good defensive line. Liam Alford was sin-binned for a foul. Captain Steven Avenier took the ball 50 metres between the posts to score the sixth and final try of the first half which was successfully converted.

In the second half, a penalty was awarded to Leesbrook who kicked out of play. But a further try came from Andy Hughes with a successful conversion.

Chesterfield substituted Carl Walker with Scott Widdowson. Shortly after, a penalty against Leesbrook followed with Andy Hughes scoring his second try converted by Sherlock.

Liam Alford had a great run through, resulting in a penalty try for Chesterfield as a result of a foul. Walker replaced an injured Alford.

Avenier passed the ball to Carl Walker to score an outstanding try successfully converted.

Scott Widdowson picked up the ball later in the game for a try which was converted by Sherlock.

Avenier also scored his second try followed with a successful conversion. A final try came from Carl Walker which was also converted.

Avenier said: “The game was absolutely brilliant. We have been waiting six months for this moment. Our pre-season coaching and technical training paid off although there is room for improvement.”

Avenier singled out Joe Walton, Carl Walker and Rob Davison as stand out players. Panthers face Long Eaton away on Saturday, September 21.