Midlands 3 East (North)
Belper 1st XV 19pts
Grimsby 1st XV 6pts
AFTER a deserved victory over Worksop the previous week, Belper continued their winning ways.
From the kick off, Belper showed that they were up for a good game as they knew that Grimsby would be a strong side and also wanting to keep their one-place league advantage over Belper.
That was something Bleper obviously hadn’t read in the memo, as the home side ran hard at Grimsby in both attacking runs and defensive and ensuring that the away team spent the first ten minutes in their own half.
Although Belper’s backs had opened up on a number of occasions and made some good attacking lines, Grimsby made sure their tackles counted and the first score came from the hard and powerful work of the Belper forwards.
They were able to push Grimsby back into their own five-metre line and force a ruck. The ball was given back for the fly-half to clear his lines but unfortunately mis-kicked the ball sending it upwards. Daz Griffith leapt up to secure the ball and went over the line near the right hand corner. Soj was able to slot the conversion even from the wide angle and it was 7-0 to Belper.
Grimsby hit back hard with a lot of forward play driving the ball forwards, gaining a few metres every time before off loading it to their scrum half in a gap. He tried to step the full back but although making the tackle, it was given high and a penalty was awarded in front of the posts on the 22 metre line. 7-3 to Belper.
Not long after the restart and after Grimsby had worked hard to gain territory to get back into the home side’s 22 after some good passages of play, a ruck was formed and the referee gave another penalty for handling. Their kicker fortunately missed the straightforward kick giving the home side a sigh of relief. Not even 10 minutes had been played until an offside position had been awarded from the scrum to the visiting side giving them the chance they needed to close to within one point from the home side at half-time.
After the break, Belper clicked into gear and came out hitting Grimsby hard, running some great lines and forcing the visitors to tackle hard.
The visiting backs however, could not keep up with the pace of Belper and some quick hands from Bryan O’Gorman and Joe Blackwell helped Richard Scott to secure who ran down the line to score a well executed try in the far corner and it was 12-6.
Grimsby once again hit back hard using both their forwards and backs to run excellent lines but were unable to break through the defensive lines of Belper.
Grimsby’s full-back however, was able to find a gap and a good line and although trying to go alone he got completely smashed by his opposing number, Joe Blackwell, making him think more than twice about trying that again.
Some of his team mates however, did try, but the same defence was there from Belper and saw off attack after attack. Then Belper pushed hard back and some great phase play from the forwards and backs, ensured that Belper spun the ball out along the line and Joe Blackwell used Grimsby’s slow response to find a gap in their centre teaming to score between the posts giving Simon Jones an easy conversion and Belper moved 13 points ahead.
Both teams played hard and although some great battling Grimsby were unable to break Belper’s back line anymore and the game ended 19-6 with a deserved win to the home team.
Belper firsts are away at Kesteven this Saturday.