Stags v Chesterfield
Dronfield edge season opener!
The opening game of the the season saw Dronfield make the short journey to their local rivals Chesterfield for what would be a difficult game in torrential rain!
The first five minutes saw Dronfield get off to a very slow start with uncharacteristic missed tackles, numerous knock ons, and sloppy handling all contributing to them quickly being 3-0 down and with what seemed to be a mountain to climb. With some carefully selected “words of encouragement” ringing in the players ears Dronfield finally started to impose themselves and force their way back into the game with Edward, Will D and George winning the physical battle up front and great support at the ruck and loose ball from Jasper and Beth, this finally allowed Dronfield to get their hands on the ball with Olly H, Archie and Aaron all making good yards and Dronfield finally getting over the try line a few times to end the first period all square at 3-3.
The second period saw Dronfield come out of the blocks the quickest and dominate much of the period with strong forward play, good handling and much better ball retention. This allowed Louie, Matthew, Will G, Evan, Huw and Oscar all to come into the game much more and between them play some good rugby, and with Adam’s pace and Eli’s powerful straight running it lead to Dronfield regularly breaking through the Chesterfield defence and a number of really good team tries were scored to see Dronfield end the second period leading 9-5.
The third period became something of a scrappy affair with the weather worsening, bodies getting tired, and hands getting cold, both sides exchanged a couple of scores before Chesterfield rallied with 5 minutes to go and a couple of late tries saw the hosts get back to within two tries. With the clubhouse beckoning and hot sausage sarnies waiting for them Dronfield held firm to get their season off to a winning start 11-9.
Players of the match were... Will D and George. Will D for an excellent all round rugby performance, powerful running and great work around the tackle areas and ruck, and, George for his constant work rate, tough tackling, and for making many of the hard yards to keep the team moving forward.
A special mention to Beth, Matthew and Eli who were all playing their first game of rugby at this age and performed brilliantly.