With the first string’s game against Bingham not going ahead, focus turned to Chesterfield Panthers’ thirds as they took on Mellish.
Conditions were near perfect but Panthers were caught cold from the off as the visitors to Dunston Road scored twice early on to run into a 14-0 lead.
It proved to be the catalyst the hosts needed as they pulled up their socks and went to work on reducing the arrears with some swift passing movements.
The breakthrough came from Liam Charlesworth after some good interplay. Nathan Poulton calmly added the extras before Panthers made it two scores in as many minutes. Josh Harding showed what an asset he can be on the wing when he brought the Chesterfield side right back into the contest with plenty of time on the clock.
It was a joy to behold for the spectators, who were treated to a scoring frenzy during the first half. The momentum was well and truly with the Panthers. Reece Newton grabbed the opportunity to get his name on the try sheet with a brace of tries. Charlesworth this time converted the extras to make it 24-14 at half-time.
Panthers continued where they left off after the interval and substitute Jack Preece played his part in the next two tries for the hosts.
Strong tackling and quick hands were on show to set Harding on his way for his second of the game and Poulton’s first over the white line, before a third try was added. With the score at 39-14, in favour of Panthers, the hosts began to tire and Mellish exposed openings in the back line to pull themselves back into the game.
And there was still time for Charlesworth to go over once more and the visitors to cancel it out just before the final whistle to make it 44-26 to Panthers.