UCLan Rugby League 60-6 Chester 2nds

UCLan RLBy Christopher Stott

An impressive UCLan ran in 12 tries against Chester today in a display that will boost confidence of that elusive promotion.

The intensity was set right from the off, with Anthony Wilkinson putting in a huge shot on his opponent just minutes in.

Jake Melling then used his strength to bounce away from tackles to score the opening try of the game. Melling’s second score followed swiftly and a superb team try finished by Sam Waiting meant UCLan where 14-0 up inside ten minutes.

Melling was in fine form, and he linked up brilliantly down the left to burst from half way to bag his hat-trick. But he wasn’t done there; Cameron Ladd played a neat short pass for Melling to streak away for his fourth and UCLan’s fifth try in just half an hour.

Tries from Josh Day and Matt Fishwick with Frobisher’s tally of four goals meant the hosts went into the break 36-0 up.

The second started as the first half finished; UCLan fullback Alex Bates scoring in the corner. Chester did grab a converted score but no fight back materialised as Joe Gilpin crashed through from a tap play.

Bates’ second took the home side passed the half century before Man of the Match Melling claimed his fifth of the afternoon. Prop forward James “Jimmy” Turner’s powerful drive gave UCLan their twelfth and final try to cap of a brilliant team performance.

UCLan scorers:

TRIES: Melling (5), Bates (2), Gilpin, Day, Waiting, Fishwick, Turner

CONVERTIONS: Frobisher 4/7, Fishwick 2/5


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