Sat 13 Apr

For their final league match in this season's campaign, Lions travelled to Melton Mowbray who had only managed one win all season. Not for the first time this season, Lion's were missing key players with no less than seven forwards missing through various reasons. This resulted in hooker Paul Fowkes partnering Sam James in the second row, and an unlikely looking back row of wing Adam Attenborough, centre Dave Weston and scrum half Jack Brenchley! Coach Dave Addleton took a place on the bench.

Lost possession early on by the Lions allowed the home side to ship the ball to the right wing, and poor defending allowed Melton a try in the corner. A string of penalties awarded against the Lions led to a catch and drive rolling maul and a second try, this time converted, for a twelve point lead to the home side. Lions hit back with a quick tap penalty by Rickie Aley which gave the space for Louis Addleton to dive over in the left corner.

A break from the base of a scrum by McFedries, and full back Parrington joining the line, gave space down the right for Lois Smith to stroll over Lion's second try. Aley converted to tie the score at twelve all.

Lion's penalty count continued to rise at frequent intervals and this resulted in another catch-drive-maul try for the home side. Melton were certainly looking the sharper of the two sides, and were denied another score when the ball was deemed to be held up over the line. They soon scored another try, however, this time in the left corner following a throw-in, and the conversion was successful to regain their twelve point lead.

Back came the Lions, and a series of drives by the forwards gave the opportunity for Parrington and Smith to combine again for a repeat of the previous try in the right corner. The conversion into the strong wind failed to reach the target to make the half time score 24-17 to the home side.

With the strong breeze now in their favour, the travelling Lion's supporters hoped that the tide would turn in their favour. It began well enough following a penalty to the corner and the pack driving over the line with Attenborough claiming the score to match the home side's try bonus point. The breeze pushed the conversion attempt wide of the uprights.

A period of concerted pressure by the home side was repelled by some resilient defence by the Lions, although their attempts to attack were thwarted by poor decision making and lack of control. Following a chip over Lion's back line, a penalty was awarded in front of the posts and the kick was successful to extend the home side's lead to five points.

A lovely chip ahead was taken by the home left winger who ran in to score under the posts despite several failed attempts to bring him down. The conversion was successful.

It was Rugby's turn to apply the pressure, and were camped on the home try line for a number of phases of play. Despite Melton conceding frequent penalties on their own try line without further punishment, the pressure eventually told with Lewis Moult crashing over for Lion's fifth try.

All credit to the players who stepped up and showed their commitment to Lion's cause, although this was a very disappointing result. Melton Mowbray deserved their victory, and two bonus points for the Lions is scant reward against a team with only one previous win and a points difference of -974.

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