Tupton in touch of top two after convincing victory

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Tupton made the long trip to the coast to take on Skegness worth their while with a 45-6 win over their Lincolnshire opponents in the Midlands Division Four East (North).

Braced for a tough and physical game, the north Derbyshire side built on their win over Rolls Royce last week to put them to within touching distance of the top two. Tupton struggled to get out of their own half and Skegness forced two penalties to lead 6-0.

The away side got an immediate response when Will Nyland went over in the corner for a try and when the visitors were awarded a scrummage inside the Skegness 22 they went ahead. The pack drove the scrum for Marcus Walker to get Tupton’s second try of the game. Brett Marriott with the conversion.

Tupton were organised in defence and from a knock on in the tackle Luke Marshall picked up the ball inside his own 22 and left defenders in his wake, off loading to Jordan White for number three.

Marriott with the extras and Tupton had their tails up. Richard Roach exploited the narrowest of gaps to score a bonus point try and Marriott made it a comfortable 26-6.

Tupton had the wind behind them at the change around and Luke Marshall made it 31-6 with a fifth try, as the visitors took full command of the match. Walker collected a bouncing ball and went over for his second and went on to claim his hat-trick with a tap and go after a Skegness player came from offside.

While Matlock overcame Ashby 30-15 to remain top of the Midlands Division Two East (North), Dronfield edged out West Bridgford 39-37 and Bakewell lost 52-31 away at Market Bosworth.

Chesterfield Panthers lost 45-17 on the road at Kesteven and Amber Valley suffered a heavy 89-13 defeat at Melton Mowbray in the Midlands Division Three East (North).