Ross stars as U17s dominate

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South Leicester U17s 12, Chesterfield

Panthers U17s 36

Tries from James Blakey, Jordan Grayson and Ross Matthews, his first for the team, gave Chesterfield a half time lead of 15-12.

An even second-half was turned when a good kick forward and a wicked bounce allowed Dan Bates to run past two defenders to score.

New player Ash Knowles then marked his debut with a try and this was quickly followed by one from Connor Decosta. All three were converted by Iain Taylor.

Man of the match was Ross Matthews.

Tupton 2nd XV 30,

Ilkeston 4th XV 12

Captain Chris Kirkwood’s men took over top spot in the table following this win and are favourites to win the title.

Mattiott touched down twice while others who crossed the line were Dave Brignull and Kirkwood who also added a couple of penalties.

Man of the match was Andrew Jones.

Chesterfield Panthers 2nds 15,

Nottingham Casuals 3rds 39

Panthers went ahead thanks to a Liam Charlesworth penalty but Casuals led 5-3 at half-time.

Nottingham raced into a 34-3 lead before Chesterfield rallied with tries from Mark Walker and Owen Johnson to reduce the deficit.

A Scott Widdowson conversion completed the Panthers scoring but the faster backs of Nottingham had won the day.

Man of the match was Liam Charlesworth.

Chesterfield Panthers U15s 31,

Newark U15s 12

Chesterfield roared into a 26-0 lead at half-time with a very impressive all round performance resulting in tries from No 8 James Marshall 2, prop Dan Burrows and winger Matt Ford.

Fly half Alistair Taylor added three conversions.

Newark fought back in the second-half but Ricky Burrell added another try for the home side with a brilliant run from full back.

Chesterfield Panthers U14s 14,

Melbourne U14s 34

Chesterfield hosted Melbourne at Stonegravels and turned in a good performance against a strong side.

Man of the match Declan Bates set the Panthers on their way with a jinking run through the Melbourne defence to score under the posts and then converted his own try.

Melbourne replied with three quick tries, but another mesmerising run by Bates ended with a selfless pass to Josh Wilde who touched down in the corner.

Bates added the conversion from tight on the touchline with a magnificent kick.

The visitors added their fourth try before the break to leave the home side trailing 20-14 at half time.

The second-half was a more one-sided affair, with Melbourne adding two tries and keeping the Chesterfield side out with some strong defensive play.

Tupton 3rd XV 0,

Ashfield 3rd XV 48

History was made as Tupton fielded three teams at home for the first time – and the third string proved to be perfect hosts!

Man of the match was Ryan Eyre as Ashfield ran out convincing winners.

Pavoirs 3rds 50,

Ripley Rhinos 1st XV 0

Rhinos battled hard but four tries in each half saw the home side wrap up a comfortable Pennant League win.

Captain Sam Musgrove showed heart and commitment to won the man of the match laurels.

Ripley Rhinos 2nd 14,

Nottinghamians 38

Rhinos made up the numbers for Nottinghamians 2nds, who only travelled with five players in this Pennant double header, but it was the visitors who had the key men to come out 38-14 winners.

Try scorers for Ripley were man of the match Matt Whysall and Matt Button while Liam Porter added a conversion.

Other result: Chesterfield Panthers 1st XV 17, East Retford 1st XV 48.