Uttoxeter 44 v 0 Worksop
UTTOXETER RFC put the loss at Clee Hill behind them as they beat Midlands Four East (North) table-toppers Worksop 44-0 to move into the third round of the RFU Junior Vase.
The Oldfields outfit crossed the line six times, with a further two tries disallowed, as they brushed aside their visitors on Saturday.
Town started with ferocious intensity as they immediately pegged Worksop in their own 22.
This early pressure yielded a penalty just outside the visitors 22, with returning captain Matt Nance opting for goal and Paul Milward slotting over for a 3-0 lead on five minutes.
Uttoxeter soon extended their lead when winger James Gill got the ball from Milward and beat the visiting fly-half for pace before touching down. Milward converted and it was 10-0.
Powerful centre Pete Allen blazed through for a third score after good work from fly-half Lewis Bain.
Milward got a try of his own soon after, crossing the line from the back of a ruck after spotting a gap. He again converted at it was 24-0 after just 25 minutes.
The Town scrum-half was denied a second try — and what would have turned out to be a hat-trick score — by a close call from the referee on a forward pass from Chris Basset.
Uttoxeter eased off but Bain managed a tidy drop goal before the break to make it 27-0 at half-time.
Worksop came into the game after the turnaround but the Town were able to keep them at bay with some solid defence.
Nance grabbed his second of the afternoon in the corner following a driving maul and it seemed to knock the stuffing out of the visitors.
As the final quarter progressed, Uttoxeter played as they had in the first quarter and kept the scoreboard ticking over.
Milward got his second try after winger Aaron Lakin unselfishly passed when he could have gone for glory.
Minutes later Lakin was denied a try himself for supposedly stepping into touch before grounding the ball.
Winger Gill then scored his second of the afternoon to complete Uttoxeter’s try scoring for the day.
James Williams cut a line open before popping off to Miles Pilcher. He straightened the line and took contact some 30 meters out, holding up two defenders before popping to Gill.
The winger slipped through a gap and sprinted on, skipping out of the fullback’s tackle and running infield to touch down close to the posts.
Milward converted with the final points of the match before he was sin-binned for the final five minues after an altercation at a ruck
The win ensures Uttoxeter progress into the third round of the competition, with only 16 teams remaining in the Midlands Section as the Town hope to reach the final in a repeat of the 2009/10 season.