Challenging test ahead for in form Panthers

Chesterfield panthers v Tupton rufc.

Chesterfield panthers v Tupton rufc.

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Captain Steve Avenier believes his table topping Panthers can get even better, following their tenth consecutive win.

Panthers edged past Tupton in the derby and have another tough game this weekend as they travel to second-placed Amber Valley in the Midlands Division Four East (North).

Chesterfield Panthers: Steven Avenier

Chesterfield Panthers: Steven Avenier

Amber Valley are the only side to have beaten Panthers this season but Avenier said his side were high on confidence.

Avenier said: “We showed great resolve and the (Tupton) win keeps us on track for promotion. We have some negatives that we will be working on for our next game at Amber Valley on Saturday but we are in high spirits and focused.”

Paul Jones scored the all important try before Ali Sherlock added the extras in the last five minutes against Tupton, who remain third.

“We know we weren’t at our best but a win is a win,” added Avenier. “We always knew this was going to be a tough game having played Tupton earlier in the season and beating them at home.

“We knew from the offset they were hungry for victory and were coming here to beat us. We could have played better and a more convincing win would have felt better, but we’ve held onto our lead and must come back stronger next week against Amber Valley.”

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