The day looked grim for the teams arriving at the Veseyans club. The rain had been pouring down for most of the night and morning. However, come time for kick off, the rain cleared for a bright day for a Cup match. The undermanned V’s boys took to the field and had to defend hard against a big Matlock side. The V’s defence was put under pressure during the opening encounters, but stayed strong to keep them out. The V’s team took their points opportunities whenever in range, with two penalties from Cheney, giving V’s a 6-0 lead.

The Matlock pack came back very strongly, although strong defensive effort from the V’s team Matlock ran in an unconverted try. V’s took to the scoreboard first through a great running try by Brunsden, with Cheney adding the extras. As before, the Matlock team took to the V’s defence again, putting their weight advantage to good use, with a converted try, taking the score to 13-12.

After some good attacking play, the V’s forwards were camped close to the line. This concluded with captain Jimmy Hateley rumbling over for another try for the V’s just before half time, with the conversion from Greenwood. This performance from the kickers was outstanding, as this has been a weakness for the team in recent weeks.

After the break, the Matlock team started strongly again. The impressive running and off load game lead to a converted try, despite the brave Veseyan defence. The V’s team reacted by getting down into the Matlock half for a Greenwood penalty.
The lack of numbers of the V’s team began to show in the second half, as with replacements, the large Matlock team put large amounts of pressure on the set piece, with two scores form a line out drive and push over scrums, with on conversion, to take the score to 23-31. The Matlock side ended the game with an unconverted try to take the score to 23-36 as a final score.

The performance from the V’s team was strong, despite the defeat. The defensive effort by the team was huge all game, with players playing out of position or returning from injuries all putting a big shift in. Many positives can be taken from the game and brought into next weeks match.