Injuries galore away made the loss worse than it should have been.
Melton worked the phases easily to put themselves at a good start in the beginning with Bosworth turning up with 16 players and losing 4 to injury
Good conditions for the match throughout with Melton worked the phases easily to put themselves at a good start in the beginning. Bosworth turned up with 16 players and to make matters worse, Harry Smart took a leg injury within the first 3 minutes of the game, but continued to play for another 20 before taking a stinging shot to the back and coming off. Neil Burton came on as substitute to fill in the mix around and left Bosworth with no reserves whilst Melton scored 31 of their points in the first half and Bosworth, their 3, and finishing by finally getting the ball wide to give Sam Hepple a glorious chance to score but falling yards short of the try line.
From the beginning of the second half Bosworth game out with renewed vigour and a break from Joe Stack compromising the defence of the Melton team and making a breakaway on the left wing gaining a good 50 yards but again, getting tackled from and turned over from the lack of support. Then Chris Richardson was the next casualty with a knee injury leaving only 14 men on the pitch with half an hour to play followed soon after by Sam Hepple who came off 15 minutes later with a leg injury. The injuries kept coming with Ben Ashdown coming off with his own knee problems leaving 10 minutes of pain for Bosworth, with 12 men on the pitch the tries flooded in unsurprisingly from Melton racking the scoreline to a walkover victory for the home team. Credit to the team for not giving up for the whole game despite having so few players. Proud of you guys!
Special Mention to Joe Stack for being so diverse in positioning on the pitch and filling in where needed and for showing leadership on the pitch where needed. Also displayed some great runs into and through contact. Gaz Bevin also gave everyone a lesson in stealing the ball from the opposite team in the line out and displayed fantastic ferocity throughout the game. Well done also to Liam Berry for playing out of position towards the end and with little support and Matt Hutton for fantastic tackling.
Man of the match however goes to Sam Hepple for some outstanding courage on the pitch despite being injured. Communicating well, good breaks, playing with his head up and generally inspiring play on the pitch. Nice work and well deserved!