A magnificent seven wins

Amber Valley v Cleethorps. Amber valley number 12
Amber Valley v Cleethorps. Amber valley number 12

Amber Valley RUFC 1sts made it seven wins from seven on Saturday when they battled to a 24-5 victory at Keyworth.

The latest success means that they remain top of the Midlands Four East (North).

While Valley never looked like coming away with anything but a win, the home side fought Valley’s pack to a standstill at times and defended well throughout.

Valley made some good breaks early on but were unable to finish, with the final pass going to ground.

Had these opportunities been taken Keyworth may have lost some of their fight, but as the opportunities went begging the home side’s confidence grew.

It took until 20 minutes into the game for Valley to open the scoring, through a penalty try after a line-out catch and drive was illegally disrupted when over the line. Shaun Dowdall converted.

Valley’s second and final try of the half saw the forwards take the ball up well, sucking in the defence and giving winger Matt Rooke space down the right to score in the corner.

Valley opened the second half with some positive play, Dave Walters soon scoring following a good break from Karl Bunting, unselfishly offloading to the supporting Walters to ensure the points.

The home side once again responded well with a good set of forward drives that eventually punched through Valley’s defence to get points on the board and raise the spectre of an unlikely comeback.

To the visitors’ credit they kept their concentration and worked their way back into Keyworth territory and once again used the driving maul to grab a bonus point and secure the win, Adrian Head, back after a two-week, break popping up with the ball.

After the game, coach Rob Robbins said: “We had a poor build-up and were guilty of over-confidence against a side that have struggled so far this season, but we came away with a maximum of five points, which keeps us at the top of the league.”

Amber Valley 1sts now have a week off from league action.