Spirited display in a losing cause for Belper RFC 1sts

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A spirited performance from Belper RUFC 1sts saw a close game slip away in the second half against a Chesterfield Panthers side sitting second in the Midlands Four East (North).

Chesterfield started the better side and scored a converted try after 15 minutes following a break from their centre.

A penalty followed and the lead was extended to 10-0 by the home side.

This kicked Belper into life and breaks from Dakin and Peverell showed the home defence was breakable.

Hibbard toiled away at inside centre and always seemed to come up against several defenders but kept the ball well.

A stolen ball from England then found hooker Haines on the wing and, after a 60 metre dash, he was caught just short of the line. Chesterfield slowed the ball up illegally and stopped a sure try, so lost a man to the sin bin.

As Belper pushed, the home side did the same again and were now down to 13.

Belper’s pressure gave then the next try when Dakin powered over from a yard out. A conversion from Stones and penalty tied the scores up.

Belper should have added more points but silly penalties conceded got the home side out of difficult positions. .

When in good positions, Belper either gave penalties away or knocked on. The home side did the complete opposite and when they broke they showed how to finish with three second half tries.

Belper toiled hard but lost 29-10.

The next game is at home to Cleethorpes on November 23 (2.15pm).