Amber Valley RUFC 1sts came away with a 12-0 away win on Saturday, against a Bingham side that has had some very good results in recent weeks.
Valley had a much changed line-up, with a new centre pairing and Karl Bunting in the unfamiliar role of hooker, but the changes didn’t disrupt them too much at the start as the visitors started brightly.
With the boot of Shaun Dowdall once again giving the team excellent field position, the pack soon drove Karl Bunting over to take an early lead.
Bingham tried to use their strong runners to get through the defence, but some excellent defence, notably from the returning Lee Steemson, meant that Bingham never looked like scoring.
Valley’s second and what turned out to be final score was scored and converted by Dowdall, who unfortunately was injured in the process of scoring, and despite continuing for much of the match wasn’t able to direct play as hoped following the injury.
It was a well-taken try however, the pack had driven the ball up the field, and with the ball moved quickly Dowdall was able to power over.
Valley were unlucky not to score more tries in the first half, but Bingham defended well throughout the game.
The second half was a fairly turgid affair. It couldn’t have started worse when they lost Steve Richter to what could be a season ending knee injury and Dean Chapman taking a bad knock to the shoulder.
With only one front row replacement and Chapman carrying an injury, it severely affected the visitors’ play.
With neither side being allowed to play much rugby, with a constant stream of penalties, Bingham kept Valley pegged back with the wind, but a huge defensive effort kept the hosts out as Valley closed out the match to win 12-0.
Valley host league leaders Chesterfield on Saturday, knowing a win is vital if they are to have any chance of being crowned champions. Kick off is at 2.15pm.