Taylor on fire as Panthers reach final

Chesterfield Panthers

U14s 34,

Ashfield U14s 7

This decisive win by six tries to one over favourites Ashfield has catapulted Chesterfield into the Three Counties’ Shield final on Sunday, April 17.

Head coach Richard Pollitt said the lads should be proud of the way they played and he added: “This was their best performance of the season.”

After an even start to the game the Chesterfield side took the lead when Dan Burrows crashed over and then with two minutes of the half remaining Alistair Taylor ran from his own 22 to touch down under the posts.

He kicked the conversion to give a 12-0 lead at the break.

The second half saw the Panthers in total control and two further tries for Taylor plus two from Nick Foan gave a comfortable victory to carry the team into the final.

Man of the match was Adam Rodd.

East Retford 1sts 3,

Chesterfield Panthers 1sts 7

Panthers travelled to third-placed East Retford and came away with the points from a very tight game.

Having gone behind to a penalty the Chesterfield forwards dominated the home side and with Jamie Barnett in total control at the lineout it was to be a Panthers’ day.

The only try of the game came midway through the first-half after a superb drive by the forwards was finished off by Rick Poulter. Antony Barnett converted.

The second-half saw some resolute defending by both teams and no further score came so Panthers ran out as winners in a game that had not been a walkover.

Man of the match was Alex Hill.

Chesterfield Panthers U17s 46, Belper U17s 12

Chesterfield, playing their first competitive match for three weeks, entertained county rivals Belper at Stonegravels and it turned into a try fest with the home side running in eight tries to Belper’s two.

Man of the match Ben Sommerton got proceedings under way with two tries in the first half and with captain Jess Vardy adding another and a conversion by Jack Heath they lead 17-7 at half time.

Belper took the game to the home side after the break and were rewarded with a try but Chesterfield then rallied and ran in 29 unanswered points, such was their domination in every aspect of the game.

Tries came from Sommerton (2), George Atkin, Jack Heath and Marcus Walker, with conversions by Jack Heath and Steve Rawson.

Meanwhile, Panthers U10s side travelled to Southwell for a triangular tournament and came away as victors, defeating the hosts 50-10 and Yarnbury 30-0.

Tries came from Harvey Fletcher (4), Bess Heath (6), Oliver Jenkins (2), Jaydon Slatcher (2), Finbar Irani and Tom Hawkins.

Ripley Rhinos 2nd XV 0,

East Retford 2nd XV 0

Ripley’s 2nds put in a poor first half display that ultimately saw them lose 46-0 to Pennant league leaders East Retford 2nds.

Rhinos conceded 29 points in the first half and improved after the break and played their best rugby in the final 20 minutes.

Scrum half Liam Murcott was man of the match.

Notts Casuals 41,

Amber Valley 0

An error-strewn display saw Valley fall to a heavy defeat against table toppers Notts Casuals.

Casuals capitalised on every Valley mistake, showing ruthless finishing as they used their extra pace to use turnover ball to score.

Valley take on Southwell at home on Saturday.

Nottingham Moderns 1st XV 10, Bakewell Mannerians 1st XV 25

Despite showing no fewer than five changes from the side that suffocated Melton Mowbray the previous week, Mannerians played enough quality rugby to see off the challenge of the city side down by the Trent.

The opening try was set up by Mike Dabell on his return and Sean Driscoll crashed over.

Chris Keetley squeezed over in the corner for the second while Daniel Driscoll added the third and Tom Oldfield added the fourth.

Will Moroney converted one try and added a drop goal.

Man of the match was James Turner.