After last weeks local derby disappointment, Panthers looked to this week as redemption and to show the league that last week was just a bump in the road. Saturdays opposition, Amber Valley, arrived to glorious sunshine at Dunston Lane and the perfect conditions for running rugby which would certainly be exploited by Chesterfield's youthful pacey backline.
(Now usually I would feel off a rundown of how each of our tries were scored but in this case I feel you haven't got a spare hour to read them so I will summarise.)
Right from the off Panthers looked fit and sharp, forwards carrying hard, leaving big gaps for the back line to exploit, this was epitomised by lock George Barnes who bounced a would be tackler so far Thomas Cook are refusing to bring him home. The first half wasnt all plain sailing though as usual tighthead prop, Julian Ord, playing in the back row decided flanking was a bit boring and decided to German suplex his opposite number at the side of the scrum, luckily he escaped with only a penalty against him. Apart from this little indiscretion the first half went pretty much perfectly with the Panthers backline running riot, giving wings Aiden Butler and Steven Hatt all the ball they could wish for with fly half Tom O'Brien
and full back Kevin Shiels really pulling the strings in attack.
Half time Panthers 62 Amber Valley 0
The second half went much the same way as the first with Amber Valley not being able to match Panthers workrate, James Doyle and Adam uprichard particularly excelling in this field, securing clean ball for scrum half Dean shiels to put away captain Scott Widdowson and centre partner Glen Grayson on numerous occasions.
With such a lead coach Steve Grainger rang the changes, with Jack Large, Jono Coley, Liam Chappel and Lewis Barnett all brought on to make an impact on the game. But there was one more substitution to be made, Dec Wileman. Grainger holding him back as he prowled the touchline like a caged animal ready to unleash his rage on the Valley pack, he was finally released after 50 mins, much to the opposition's dismay! And Valley were right to be wary as the imposing lock bounded forward with ball in hand to crash over the line to cheers of jubilation from baying home crowd. Sorry, I mean he picked up from 30cm and tripped up over the line, but they all count hey Dec.
Much can be said for Saturdays performance but games arent won with razzle dazzle, it's the set piece that often decides a game and through solid scrummaging from props Lee Laughton and Ruari and as always fantastic lineout takes from Jack Burton a solid platform was set.
Full time Chesterfield Panthers 108 Amber Valley 0
It would be remiss of me not to mention the opposition, although obviously not their best day at the office we thank them for coming to us and putting in effort till the final whistle. We've all had days like this and we at Chesterfield Panthers hope you come out stronger for it.