Panthers on prowl!

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Rugby union

Chesterfield Panthers 2nds 54,

Belper 2nds 12

A brilliant all round performance saw the Panthers progress to the semi-final of the Derbyshire President’s Trophy with a midweek victory under the lights at Stonegravels.

Taking control from the start tries from Sam Nightingale, Steve Avenier, Adam Knights and Lee Laughton saw them take a comfortable lead into half-time.

Belper started the second half stronger and an early converted try reduced the arrears but this just spurred Chesterfield into action and tries from Scott Widdowson 2, Chris Tuckley, Liam Charlesworth plus a second each for Nightingale and Avenier, who also kicked two conversions, completed an outstanding victory in atrocious conditions.

Joint man of the match awards went to Callum Draycott and Adam Knights.

Tupton 2nd XV 36, Mellish 3rd XV 5

Tupton returned to winning ways when their game with Mellish was moved to the Rec.

The visitors took the lead with an unconverted try but Tupton fought back and by half time they led 19-5.

Among the tries were Dave Brignull, Chris King, Tom Hughes and skipper Chris Kirkwood who also kicked three conversions.

Tupton’s mini section travelled to Mansfield where they played their best rugby of the season so far. Scores were: Mansfield U7/8s 6 Tupton U7/8s 10; Mansfield U9s 3 Tupton U9s 4; Mansfield U10s 2 Tupton U10s 2.

Dronfield U11s 12,

Chesterfield Panthers U11s 40

The improving Panthers team continued their successful season with a victory over Dronfield.

Tries came from Oliver Jenkins (2), Harry Hole, Bess Heath, Harvey Fletcher and Ross Booker.

Man of the match was Finbar Irani.

Southwell 38, Tupton 1st XV 7

Tupton’s unbeaten Midlands Four East North League run came to an end as top of the table rivals took the spoils in the tenth round of games.

Tupton performed well in attack but their defence let them down at times with their only try coming from Mark Emmerson with Brett Marriott kicking the conversion.

On Saturday, Tupton entertain Ashfield, kick off 2.15pm.

Nottingham Casuals 3rd XV 6,

Ripley Rhinos 2nds 5

Rhinos were just pipped by one point in a low scoring Pennant League match at Nottingham Casuals.

Rhinos try came from Anton Brown while the man of the match was scrum half Mitch Wilmott.

Ilkeston 3rds 53, Chesterfield Panthers 2nds 24

A slow start saw Chesterfield gift five easy tries to the home team to trail 31-0 at the break.

The second half was a different story as the Panthers stepped up a gear and playing with much greater determination outscored the home side.

Tries came from Chris Tuckley, Chris Wanford, James Fletcher and Chris Brailsford.

Conversions from Chris Cooper and Nathan Poulton finished off the scoring in a game which would have had a different result had Chesterfield switched on from the start.

Men of the match were Chris Brailsford and James Fletcher.

Nottingham U14s 60,

Chesterfield Panthers U14s 0

The Panthers travelled to take on arguably the strongest team in the NLD and suffered their heaviest defeat of the season although the score-line doesn’t reflect the character and the workman-like performance that they had put in.

Nottingham ran in four tries before the break to lead 22-0 at half time. The second half saw the home team run in a further six tries to take the honours.

Man of the match was Joe Heath.

Dronfield U12s 38,

Chesterfield Panthers U12s 5

Panthers travelled to near neighbours Dronfield with a weakened team and in the true spirit of the game their hosts reduced their numbers to give a sporting chance to the visitors.

Playing downhill from the start Dronfield took control and ran in four tries before half time.

In the second period Chesterfield were twice unlucky not to score through hooker William Hodgkinson before Brendan Potgieter finally crossed the line for a consolation try.