Worksop 14, Tupton 17
Tupton travelled to a higher league opposition to test themselves in this friendly.
Tupton piled on the pressure throughout the first-half through quick play and solid defence.
Worksop however were the first on the scoreboard after 12 minutes with a try and a conversion.
Tupton continued to play hard through the first half and were rewarded for their efforts when Brett Marriott crashed over the line to score just before the end of the second quarter.
Tupton remained in control for most of the game scoring two further tries through Steve Burton and Tom Hughes with Brett Marriott adding a conversion.
Worksop scored one more try and conversion but Tupton’s sterling defence in the closing minutes of the game sealed them a win.
On Saturday Tupton travel to Long Eaton for a 2.15 pm kick off.
Tupton 2nds 43, Long Eaton 2nds 10
With the Station New Road pitches under water both teams were again forced to relocate to the club’s third pitch to get this league game played.
Tupton slowly gained the ascendency until the Long Eaton line was finally crossed midway through the first-half as Charlie Richmond powered over from close in. The convertion was added by Chris Kirkwood.
From a five-metre scrum Simon Langley picked up and popped to poacher-in-chief Dave Brignull who touched down.
Long Eaton scored following a handling error and Tupton led 12-5 at half time.
And they exerted their dominance after the turnaround with tries from Dom Bowen, Andrew Jones and a Chris Kirkwood brace.
Kirkwood added a further three conversions.
Buxton 2nds 10,
Chesterfield Panthers 2nds 0
Panthers travelled to Buxton for a friendly game and although the home side scored the points it was a day on which the weather won with gale force winds throughout spoiling any chance of good rugby.
The game remained scoreless throughout the first-half but Buxton opened up in the second with some good counter rucking to steal the ball and quickly ran in two tries.
Conversions were an impossibility in the wind and these tries became the only scores of the game.
Chesterfield Panthers U14s 0,
Spalding U14s 10
Chesterfield entertained Spalding at a windswept Stonegravels in the NLD Shield and came out second best in a tight and thrilling contest.
The Panthers forwards were more than a match for the Spalding pack in virtually every aspect of the game but a loose pass midway through the first half saw the visitors touch-down for their first try of the match and at half-time they were leading 5-0.
The second-half saw Chesterfield take the game to Spalding with the pack doing the lion’s share of the work but totally against the run of play Spalding added a second try to leave the home side with a mountain to climb.
The Panthers lads came close but not close enough.
Both teams deserve credit for putting on a great display in somewhat trying conditions.
Joint man of the match awards went to Isaac Tuckley and Chris Ashton.
Chesterfield Panthers U12s 10,
Ilkeston U12s 30
In a game spoiled by the wind the Panthers never gave up but they just could not match the visitors for pace.
Having gone two tries down at the break the Chesterfield team showed determination as good scrummaging work in the visitors half allowed scrum-half Ben Patrick to break through and reduce the deficit but Ilkeston stepped up a gear and increased the points margin before a repeat performance saw Patrick cross the line again.
Some outstanding running in the centre saw Laurie Fletcher almost get through on a number of occasions but the Ilkeston defence held firm.
Man of the match was Ben Patrick.
Derby 4th XV 13,
Ripley Rhinos 1st XV 11
Rhinos came away from their Pennant League game against Derby 4ths with a narrow defeat but a much-improved display.
All Rhinos points came from Dave Trubee, a try and two penalties.
Player of the match was Danny Rymell.