Panthers claw their way past hard working Worksop side

Chesterfield panthers rufc v Worksop rufc.
Chesterfield panthers rufc v Worksop rufc.

Panthers had to dig deep for a hard-fought victory at home to Worksop in the Midlands Division Four (East-North).

The Chesterfield outfit, who remain second in the league after a 51-11 win over their north Notts neighbours, were dominant from the kick-off.

Chesterfield panthers rufc v Worksop rufc.

Chesterfield panthers rufc v Worksop rufc.

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They enjoyed possession but lacked direction as Panthers wasted at least four try scoring opportunites in the first quarter of the game.

It didn’t take long for the hosts to find their clinical touch and, once their heads were in gear, the outcome was never in doubt.

Glenn Grayson grabbed a brace of tries, as well as two conversions, Nick Fenton, Luke Holt and the ever dependable, Paul Jones, all scored for Panthers.

Worksop’s kicker showed what fantastic range he has from two penalties to give the visitors something to build on at the break.

Panthers were well in front, 27-6, but a couple of injuries in the second half would test their defensive resolve once more.

The replacements ensured the balance of the side remained and stepped up to the mark with Mark Coward, in particular, excelling immediately. The game had real pace as Panthers showed spirit, drive and camaraderie.

Worksop were on the back foot and Jordan Grayson went over before Glenn added two more to take his personal tally to four for the day.

Ty Rose produced the last action as he went over but it was left to Glenn Grayson to have the final say with a further two conversions.

Panthers captain Steve Avenier, who was on the subs bench following his recent return from injury, said: “Although not playing from the start, sitting on the bench gave me the opportunity to see for myself what a force the team is on the pitch. We are strong and focussed on promotion.”

Avenier praised forward Andy Hughes and highlighted the strength of the backs.

“The back were so tight they enabled Nick Fenton to edge it over to Liam Alford. Normally a running back always grabs the limelight but Liam’s defence and organisation of the back line was brilliant,” he added.

Panthers RUFC: L.Alford, G.Grayson, B.Bunting, N.Fenton, T.Rose, C.Walker, J.Grayson, R.Davison, P.Jones, A.Allen, S.Garner, C.Windle, A.Hughes, L.Holt, M.Coward.

Subs: N.Shaw, M.Gould, J.Walton, S.Avenier, S. Widdowson.