Panthers success in NDL contest

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Chesterfield Panthers U10s were runners up in the annual NLD Mini Rugby Festival at Newark.

It was a sterling effort for the youngsters who were narrowly beaten in the tournament’s final by the home club’s side.

Victories over Nottingham and Stamford in the group games gave them a semi-final against Keyworth.

Playing their best rugby yet they won the game 15-5 and were then unlucky to come up against a strong Newark side with lots of home support in the final when they went down 10-5 to finish runners up.

Squad members are pictured displaying their runners-up medals.

Dronfield 1st XV 71, Mellish 1st XV 5

Dronfield dominated their Midlands 3 East (North) clash against Nottingham side Mellish.

They ran in ten tries and among the scorers were of Adam Pedley, Kieran Blackwell, and Nigel Slatter.

The victory maintained Dronfield’s position of fourth in the table and they clould climb into third spot if they defeat Saturday’s visitors Melbourne. Match awards went to Adam Pedley and Nigel Slatter.

Chesterfield Panthers U17s 29,

East Retford U17s 7

The U17s warmed up for their NLD semi-final with a comfortable win over East Retford.

First-half tries from Ben Sommerton and Sam Curry gave a slender 10-7 lead at half-time but the second-half was to be all Panthers.

Tries from Steve Rawson and Sam Parkes plus a second and two conversions from Curry gave a comfortable result to a good performance. Man of the match was Steve Rawson.

Chesterfield Panthers 1st XV 38,

Nottinghamians 1st XV 3

Panthers maintained their good form with a fourth straight win and a fine display of attacking rugby at Stonegravels.

Chesterfield led 18-3 at half-time thanks to tries from Ricky Poulter and Tom Arnold plus a conversion and a penalty from Ant Barnett.

The second half tries came from Nick Fenton, Bruce Ramage and Kyle Viveiros who touched down under the posts.

Man of the match was captain Malc Wellor.

Chesterfield Panthers Ladies 74,

Oxford Ladies 0

Panthers Ladies earned the bonus point and maintained their challenge for the second spot in the league.

Tupton Warriors U8s travelled to Nottingham to take part in a NLD tournament. The lads played well but were were knocked out at the league stage.

Amber Valley 29, Southwell 12

A slow start saw Valley concede an early converted try but led 22-7 at half-time.

Matt Ardern led the way with a try, a hat-trick of conversions and a penalty.

Other try scorers were man of the match Ashley Allen, Duran Wardale and Jonno Simms.

On Saturday, Valley face Sleaford.

Nottingham Casuals 3rd XV 25,

Ripley Rhinos 1st XV 21

Rhinos were just pipped in their friendly against Casuals.

Will Evans was successful with three conversions while try scorers were Dave Arrowsmith, Rich Keeling and Ben Smith. Man of the match was Mitch Wilmott

Ripley Rhinos 2nds 14, Ilkeston 4ths 43

A makeshift Rhinos 2nds were outplayed by Ilkeston 4ths in this friendly at Mill Hill. A try and a penalty try were scored by man of the match Russell Banton while two conversions were kicked by Liam Porter.

Doncaster Demons Ladies 86,

Ripley Rhinos Ladies 17

Rhinos Ladies battled hard but lost heavily to league leaders Doncaster Ladies in their final league game of the campaign. Player of the match was Liz Trubee who scored a try while another came from Becky Mainprize. Robin Buck kicked a conversion.