Chesterfield Panthers moved up to fourth in the Midlands Division Three East (North) with a nine-try 55-5 victory over basement side Mellish.
With confidence brimming from last week’s encounter whereby Chesterfield were the only team not to concede any points against Lincoln this season, the firsts wanted to ensure their efforts were not in vain against Mellish.
Looking over the results throughout the season, the league has been full of surprises and upset with promotion being in the grasp of five teams at any one point, a few costly games have prevented promotion for Panthers.
Nevertheless, a battle for fourth and potentially third position with Kesteven is enough to keep the fire stoked among the Dunston Road pack. The team arrived early to dry but very windy conditions at Mellish’s ground, the pitch itself in great condition and conducive to a fast game.
Once the game kicked off it became apparent that although residing at the bottom of the table Mellish were by no means a walk in the park; their pack was strong and experienced. Chesterfield had not woken up properly and were falling in to the old trap of resting on their laurels to win the game. That said, once the travel weary team got in to the swing of things they started to exert a dominance.
With the forward eight starting to get in to the swing of things and taking on the large opposition pack, they were securing much of the ball and managing to turn the rucks over at critical moments. Then the game plan started to produce results, a couple of charging runs and clean ball produced by the forwards managed to get Adam Miles in the corner for the first try of the game much to the relief of the supporters and coach Derek Sherlock.
Little time passed to see the second try from the domineering Nick Fenton at No.12 then a little gem came from Adam Miles, who took the ball from a kick and in an unlikely turn decided to chip the ball which bounced and fell in his hands for a try under the posts.
The final try before half time came from Liam O’Neill who spotted the ball drift out of the scrum close to Mellish’s try line and darted forward to pick-up and place under the posts much to the bemusement of the opposition.
Mellish responded with a good try and looked dangerous with the ball in hand but the visitors’ continuous pressure prevailed resulting in two tries from Jordan Grayson offloaded from Barry Wood and Liam O’Neill respectively.
Ben Bunting eager to get in on the action made his mark by getting a hat-trick of tries by exploiting his pace and strength on the outside.
Chesterfield were relieved to count their nine-try and five-conversion tally at the final whistle two weeks prior to their clash with unbeaten leaders Melton Mowbray.