UTTOXETER’S 2nd XV ensured it was a club double over Market Drayton as they beat them 24-20 at Oldfields on Saturday.
It was a good workout for Andrew Moult’s second string as they won the Staffordshire B North encounter.
Drayton took the lead early on with a well-placed penalty after some good work from their forwards.
Town built momentum and their perseverance paid off with a try.
It came after good work off the back of the scrum by Alex Wilde, who sent a miss pass to Steve Edwards in the centre. He crashed over the line for the Uttoxeter’s first points. The conversion was added and Town led 7-3.
Drayton got their first try of the afternoon when their young backs managed to find a gap after some strong tackling from Morgan Richardson, Richard Campion and Andy Clows.
The Drayton winger broke the line and sprinted clear to touch down under the posts. The conversion was successful and Drayton led 10-7.
Uttoxeter regained the lead at 12-10 after a great team effort eventually saw Laurence Graham cross the line. The conversion was unsuccessful.
Veteran Stuart Hall replaced Alex Wilde after he picked up an ankle injury just before half-time.
Drayton regained the lead soon after the break as one of their centres took advantage of a Town mix-up to score.
They soon added a penalty and Uttoxeter were up against it to get back into the match.
Josh Allen got them back into it with their third try and at 20-17 down it was game on.
Dave Chell (pictured above) then won it with a brilliant individual try, beating four defenders before surprisingly outpacing the full-back to touch down. The conversion made it 24-20 and the game was won, despite a late penalty miss from the visitors.