Chesterfield Panthers cross county lines and leave with the spoils

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Chesterfield Panthers second string crossed the Derbyshire-Nottinghamshire border to take on West Bridgford and came away with a morale boosting 22-14 win.

Panthers expected a closer game than the last one and so it proved in an entertaining encounter between two good sides in good form.

Chesterfield retained the ball well and a series of rucks opened space for Tom Arnold to barrel over from close range to open the scores.

West Bridgdford suffered a handful of injuries that disrupted their flow and reduced them to the bare bones, but they continued to make ground through kicking.

Reece Newton then got in on the act when he deceived two home side defenders to latch on to Chris Cooper’s big kick down the field and run on under the posts. Rich Keeling scored the conversion this time around but West Bridgford looked to respond immediately when an over lap on the wing left them in the clear.

A last-ditch tackle, however, forced the attacker to knock-on instead of scoring and Chesterfield got out of jail. They cleared their lines and went on to score from the resulting scrum.

Panthers drove to five metres from the line, Philip Cawthorne passed the ball out wide to winger James Marshall to go over for a 17-7 lead at the break.

The second was a scrappy affair and when James Kennedy off-loaded to Newton, he ran half the length of the pitch to score for a bonus point. West Bridgford would have the final say though with the last action of the game.