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Ashby 3, Dronfield 48

First-placed Dronfield were nervous before their encounter with second-placed Ashby as several first team players were missing because of England’s match against Wales at Twickenham.

And nerves jangled a bit more when Ashby converted a penalty to give them a 3-0 lead.

But they did not trouble the scorer again as Dronfield took control of the match with their best performance of the season and showing great skill and domination with a quality of rugby that would grace a higher division.

They took control of the set plays gaining the upper hand in the scrum – take a bow the front row of Paul Jones, Tom Rice and Robert Chadwick – and with Nigel Westerman dominating the front of the lineout Ashby ended up lobbing balls to the back which proved easy pickings for Luke Holt, Jim Fullwood and Matt Nesbit.

However, it was the running play of the forwards which really proved the decisive factor in opening up the Ashby defence with Nesbit, Tom Rice, Nigel Westerman, Luke Holt and Paul Jones making run after run to open up Ashby and free up space for the backs.

Tries from Nesbit, Gary Dempsey, Nigel Westerman and Rice saw Dronfield lead 24-3 at half time.

Further tries from Dempsey, Hugo Ross and Nesbit left Dronfield with a nine point the lead at the top of Midlands 3 North Division.

Tupton 64, East Leake 8

Tupton entertained East Leake in this rearranged league fixture and came away with a solid win.

A great team performance saw Tupton produce some of the rugby that they know they are capable of.

Great interlink play from the forwards and backs saw Tupton run in four tries in the first half.

A good drive from Leake’s forwards saw then pick up a try and their No 10 added an early penalty but Tupton were in control with a 24-8 first-half lead.

Tupton in the second half ran in 42 unanswered points to take the game 64-8.

a hat-trick was Jordan White.

Two tries from Brett Marriott, with others from Sam Parkes, Michael Patterson, Ryan Martin, Ant Marriott, Sam Curry.

Man of the match Brett Marriott adding with the boot while Sam Curry slotted one conversion.

On Saturday, Tupton face Leesbrook at home, 3pm kick off.

Chesterfield Panthers 2nds 17,

Ashby Social XV 17

Chesterfield demonstrated the value of their youth policy by fielding six players who were only 17 years old.

Panthers went ahead with a Nathan Poulton try which Scott Widdowson converted.

Ashby pulled a try back but with half time looming Tom Bannister went over to score his first-ever senior try.

The second half saw Josh Alvin score with a demonstration of electrifying speed to give a comfortable lead but with legs tiring Ashby were let back into the game.

Man of the match was Josh Harding.

Bakewell U14s 14,

Chesterfield Panthers U14s 48

Chesterfield gave a good account of themselves, running in eight tries.

Flying winger Dominic Grainger set the Panthers on their way with the first and Joe Heath converted.

Heath then went on to score himself and convert before tries from Josh Wilde and Declan Bates gave the Panthers a comfortable 24-7 lead at the break.

In the second half, additional Panthers points were supplied by tries from Isaac Tuckley 2, Grainger and Wilde.

Man of the match was Tom Patrick.

Chesterfield Panthers U11s 62,

Rotherham Titans U11s 12

A comprehensive victory for the U11s came with tries from Jack Bromley, Oliver Jenkins, Jaydon Slatcher, Jack Burton, Bess Heath, man of the match Harry Hole, Harvey Fletcher and Jacob Brailsford.

Conversions from Ross Booker, Aidan Butler, Olly Jenkins and Thomas Hawkins completed the scoring.

Tupton 2nd XV 24,

Amber Valley 2nd XV 21

Tupton passed their toughest test of the season so far!

The visitors were first out of the blocks and, although Tupton were never out of it, Valley made steady progress to build a lead of 21-0 by half time.

The second half saw Tupton step things up to claw their way back.

With tries from Conal Siddal, Jimmy Brown and Dom Bowen and three conversions from skipper Chris Kirkwood Tupton tied the game before they captured the spoils as Kirkwood added a penalty to ease the Blues home 24-21.

Man of the match was Tony Winnard.

Ashfield 2nds 19,

Ripley Rhinos XV 10

Rhinos travelled to Ashfield in this Pennant League encounter and came away as 19-10 losers.

A penalty converted by Dave Trubee saw Rhinos trail 5-3 at half time.

Two converted tries took the game away from Ripley before Mitch Wilmott went over and Trubee converted.

Man of the match was fly half Rupert Tighe.