Panthers’ rare sighting of two drawn games

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Chesterfield Panthers 1st XV 3 - 17 Long Eaton 1st XV

Panthers’ return to league action saw a fruitless trip to Long Eaton as the home team took the spoils. A solitary penalty from Ant Barnett was the only score of the game for the Chesterfield team.

Chesterfield Panthers 2nd XV 36 - 24 Long Eaton 2nd VX

Travelling together with their First Team an injury hit Seconds exacted some revenge with a conclusive victory in this Pennant League game.

A try from Liam Charlesworth after only four minutes got the scoring underway. Tries quickly followed for Jake Blair and Tony Lord with conversions from Nathan Poulton and Chris Cooper giving a 19 point lead. Long Eaton scored just before the break to give a 19 – 5 score at half time.

Long Eaton closed the gap with a try straight from the restart but Charlesworth’s second soon cancelled that out. The injuries then began to tell and with the Panthers down to only 13 players Long Eaton got back into the game to level the scores at 24 all.

The forwards took control and worked up field to get Adam Knights over for a try which Cooper again converted and then man of the match Jake Blair, making his league debut at just 17, broke the Long Eaton defence to touch down and seal the win.

Chesterfield Panthers 3rd XV 15 -24 Sheffield Oaks 2nd VX

Having started the brighter side Chesterfield relaxed for a moment and allowed the Oaks to run through and score a converted try.

Panthers struck back when a Gary Bates penalty, following a 40-metre break by Scott Widdowson, and a James Linacre try, converted by Bates, kept the Panthers in the game with only a two point deficit at half time.

The second half was much the same, with pressure from the Chesterfield team allowing Bates to run in a second try but Oaks were always just in front and two tries plus a conversion gave them a comfortable victory in the end. Man of the match was Callum Howey.

Chesterfield Panthers 10 - 10 Derbyshire Fire Service

In a game which took on added significance following the recent death of John Kenning, a former president and long-time stalwart of the Chesterfield club, the Panthers entertained Derbyshire Fire Service in a floodlit midweek game which will hopefully become a regular fixture in the local rugby calendar.

Both teams served to cancel out each others’ efforts for a long period of the first half. The deadlock was eventually broken when a classic push over try from the firemen following a five metre scrum allowed the veteran number eight Bob Curry to touch down.

The Fire Service score was increased when Andy Holmes touched down wide on the wing and they went into half time leading 10 – 0.

The game was deep inside the final quarter before the Panthers finally crossed the line with Steve Avenier touching down to reduce the deficit. With the final play of the game in progress, scrum half Avenier made one more thrusting run to pick up the ball at a ruck two metres short and somehow find space to get through to tie the scores.

With the conversion missed the final whistle brought a fitting end to a well matched game.

Man of the team for Panthers was Jordan Adams and a special trophy awarded for the man of the match in honour of the late president went to Steve Avenier.

Chesterfield Panthers U15s 22 - 29 West Bridgeford U15s

A game which the Panthers could have won saw them lose by just one converted try at West Bridgeford. A strong performance from the forwards kept the team in contention throughout the game and some good defending from the backs kept out the home side.

Tries came from James Marshall (2), Matt Gude and Dan Burrows with Alastair Bennett kicking two conversions.

Chesterfield Panthers U14s 10 - 10 Southwell U14s

The Panthers U14s recorded one of rugby’s rarities, a draw, against Southwell.

Starting the stronger, Chesterfield took the lead with a try from Dominic Grainger and moments later he doubled his tally to give a ten point margin. Southwell then found their feet and ran in two tries of their own to give a level score at the break.

Chesterfield made several changes at the interval to allow fringe players some game time and they did not disgrace themselves, giving Southwell a testing time throughout the half but just not managing to score.

Man of the match was Guy Bassett.

Chesterfield Panthers U11s 50 - 0 Mosborough U11s

The Panthers took control from the start and the result was never in doubt.

Tries from Jack Burton, Bess Heath, Ross Booker, Harvey Fletcher, Oliver Jenkins, Jacob Layton and Harry Hole. Conversions from Ross Booker and Aiden Butler completed the scoring. Player of the match was Bess Heath.

Amber Valley 1st XV 12 - 9 Melbourne 1st XV

Valley started the game against the wind and slope but as they meant to carry on with hard tackling and a positive attitude.

Valley started against the wind and against the slope and unfortunately after a short while against the referee.

Even given the Valley penalty count and the fact that Valley had only had one serious forage into Melbourne’s 22, half time came and the score was still just two Melbourne penalties to nil.

The half time team talk came and coach Mark Brocklehurst tried to calm the team and reminded them to concentrate on their rugby.

Unfortunately play continued as usual for the next 20 minutes with Melbourne having the majority of possession but eventually after forward drives and line out pressure they ended up with the put in at a 5m line out.

A tremendous catch and drive had Melbourne reeling and No8 Adrian Head plunged over for the try. Shaun Dowdall came close with the conversion, rebounding off the upright leaving the score at 6-5.

As soon as they kicked off, the referee blew again and handed three further points to Melbourne’s captain playing at fly half.

At 9-5, Valley had just ten minutes to get back into the scoring zone and launched wave after wave of forward pick and drives. Another 5m scrum pushed Melbourne’s pack back over their own line. Adrian Head picked up and drove over the line. However in their jubilation, the referee blew his whistle and gave another 5m scrum but this time to Melbourne.

With a huge drive and pressure by Goodhall, Burditt and Chapman in the front row, the ball bounced around Melbourne’s feet but found its way back to the Valley no8 who picked up and drove over. As the referee confirmed the conversion was the last kick of the game, Shaun Dowdall slotted the ball between the posts.

Man of the match was awarded to scrum half Lee Chapman

Next week Valley host Mellish at home.

Amber Valley 2nd XV 5 - 34 Melbourne 2nd XV

Valleys 2nd XV took the lead but then a knee injury to Capt Gareth Pilkington meant they faced an uphill task against a strong Melbourne team. But both teams played the game in the right spirit, Melbourne taking their chances well despite defensive errors.

Amber Valley 3rd XV 10 - 7 Buxton 3rd XV

Valley’s 3rd XV continued their good form with a tight victory over Buxton, made even more impressive that they only had 14 following some late cry-offs. Nigel Robinson and Steve Boyd with the scores for Valley

Tupton 22 - 20 Leesbrook

Tupton travelled to Leesbrook for a physically and mentally challenging game in the 7th round of the league.

Brett Marriott started the scoring with a try after ten minutes.

Leesbrook followed through 20 minutes later to bring the score to level pegging. Leesbrook then went in front with another try after 35 minutes taking the score to 10-5, just before half time another try came from Leesbrook which was converted taking the half time score to 17-5 to Leesbrook.

Tupton’s frame of mind changed in the second half and made them hungry for a win, Phil Harrison scored a try followed by Brett Marriot adding the extras, 17-14 to Leesbrook. Ten minutes later Omead Serati changed the score line putting Tupton in front with a try and ten minutes from the final whistle Tupton won a penalty kick which was put over the post by Brett Marriott. Still holding on just before full time Leesbrook scored a penalty taking the final score to 20-22 win for Tupton!