RFU Midlands Division Three
Belper RFC 1st XV 13pts
Worksop 1st RFC 10pts
BELPER RFC overturned a 10-0 half-time deficit to clinch an excellent home win despite not fully firing on all cylinders.
Every player should be proud of this result and take heart in the fact there is so much talent in this squad.
In recent weeks Belper’s performances have been outstanding but without a win it was important to get the league campaign back on track.
Injuries saw enforced changes to the side but with new players coming in, it was a chance for those players to take their shirt.
Making his first start for Belper firsts was young Tom Hallam on the wing. He made an impressive debut and there is obviously more to come from the young man.
Also starting were the Griffiths brothers, Leon, Stuart and Darren all trying to give Belper a bit of Welsh flair!
In a long season, there are always games teams should have and couldhave won.
This was one of those games when it could have gone down as a loss for Belper as Worksop started the brighter and dominated play.
Belper took to long to settle down and found themselves two tries down in the first 20 minutes.
Thankfully, Worksop did not convert any of the tries.
This was helped by the bright thinking of Bryan O’Gorman who noticed the ball had fallen and so charged the kick before the opposition realised he needed to ask for it to be replaced.
As the half wore on Belper forwards started to find their feet and settle although poor handling cost them and Belper, who didn’t really threaten the Worksop line, trailed 10-0 at the interval.
After some strong words from coaches Barden and Boyd, and some reorganising, Belper looked more like the side they can be in the second half.
On balance the first half was Worksop but the second belonged to Belper. They played much better and the backs began to fire. O’Gorman was outstanding in the backs, leading the line and disrupting everything the opposition threw at him.
Belper defended better from line-outs with Mathews and England stealing good line out ball giving the home side the possession they needed.
Belper struck through a slick move. The ball was turned over and great hands from Blount, Watson and then O’Gorman who put in Leon Griffiths.
Griffiths still had plenty to do and took the tougher route to try to go under the posts.
He managed to do so and Blount converted.
Belper kept the pressure on and another penalty from Blount saw Belper take the lead.
Belper missed chances to take the game away from Worksop and hearts were in the mouths of players and the fantastic sideline support in the last five minutes.
Worksop were camped in the Belper line but the forwards stood strong.
Big hits from all the front eight kept out Worksop and the whistle came as a relief to the home side.
Man of the match was Josh Woodward who hit everything and stood firm. A quality player who looks better every year.
This Saturday, Belper face another tough test when they are at home on the Strutts to high-flying Dronfield (3pm).