Valley return with a win

NRHN 11-1-13 MC 10'Amber Valley Rugby V Belper
NRHN 11-1-13 MC 10'Amber Valley Rugby V Belper

Amber Valley RUFC were back in Midlands Four East (North) action on Saturday following an enforced break due to the bad weather and recorded a fine 59-7 win at Leesbrook.

The home side took the lead in the opening minutes with a converted try scored from a fine break from the Leesbrook centre.

Stewart Kirkup soon equalised as Duran Wardale first charged down an attempted clearance from Leesbrook 10, Sean Room collected the bouncing ball an kept the ball alive with a clever offload. Sean Dowdall then drew the defence and gave Kirkup a fairly simple run-in for the line.

Leesbrook had further opportunities in the opening quarter but Valley kept them at bay. Valley’s second try came from another Wardale break, this time offloading to the supporting Ben Parker who had a lot of work to do to eventually score to the right of the posts, Dowdall again converted to put Valley 14-7 up and in a lead they never looked like losing.

Valley’s final score of the first half came from Adrian Head, with a centre field scrum on the Leesbrook 22 a pick up from eight, dummy to scrum half Lee Chapman and a stroll to the line gave Valley a commanding lead.

The second half continued much as the first had, with Leesbrook pressuring on oaccasion but unable to find the killer pass to put the opportunity away.

Arron Robinson got Valley’s next try with a trademark powerful run down the left for his first try since the start of the season, a superb finish.

Valley’s pack fitness shone through as the Leesbrook pack began to tire and this was demonstrated when Lee Chapman controlled a driving maul from a line-out to score.

Valley piled on the points with tries from distance, two for Ashley Allen, one for Stuart Artliff and one for Karl Bunting.

All three were good team tries, one straight from kick off, a great tap back from John Redhead was gathered by Parker who broke through and off-loaded to Bunting for another converted try.

Overall Valley should be pleased with both the result and performance. Some rustiness was inevitable in the first half but Valley played in the right areas and have kept the pressure up against leaders Chesterfield, who had a home walk over against Bingham and so their lead remains at one point.