Future looks promising

Belper RFC 2nd XI 64pts

Ashbourne 3rd XV 10pts

Belper RFC second team returned to league action with a dominant display which blew away a a strong Ashbourne third XV.

Belper fielded a young side with no fewer than eight under-21s with the evergreen Andy York the only veteran at the grand old age of 45.

He still put in a strong display and is arguably pushing for a first team slot.

It was York who put in the first tackle of the game, chasing the ball from the kick off and hitting the catcher, putting him back five yards then scrambling to his feet to rip the ball and set up the counter attack.

Belper opened the scoring on ten minutes with Jones combining well with Blount to create space for Carter to crash through a gap in the visiting line to out-run the visiting full back and dive over the line under the posts.

Ashbourne hit back witht wo unconverted tries in quick succession.

Belper were rocking at this stage but the old head of York and Day led the line, and the home side kicked into gear.

Good forward play with Griffiths and Wood tackling hard and covering masses of ground, the Ashbourne line quaked and gave way to a first half barrage of tries.

Watson and Innes both ran in two with Hibbard adding another.

Watson’s second was the pick of the bunch with a sprint from his 22 line following a defensive clearing kick downfield.

Watson started off on a mazy run then stepped through a gap in the visiting defence to dash in from half-way to score in the corner despite the Ashbourne 15’s efforts to cover back.

Blount converted six tries, only missing one from the first half, giving Belper a 47-10 lead.

The second half sasw the game become scrappy but Belper still managed three more tries with York, Day and Griffiths popping up with tries. Blount converted one of three.

Belper 3rd XV 22pts

Ashbourne 4th XV 31pts

A strong Belper third XV found the old heads of Ashbourne fourths just a bit too canny and also had to curse many missed chances and wrong choices which cost them the game.

England did get two tries with Birchet and Carter adding one apiece and Steve Dymond, returning after a two-year absence, slotting a conversion.

The performance gave Belper hope for future games with decent displays from Aldridge, Cameron and Brewster, all young guns coming through from Belper’s Colts set up.

l This Saturday, Belper RFC first XV have a huge local derby with Amber Valley visiting Strutts for a Midlands Division 3 East (North) fixture.