Coalville returned to home action this week hosting Melton Mowbray, expecting a tough game after last season’s close encounter.
However, fears of a home defeat were dispelled in a dominant display combining skill and power to put the game to bed in the first 40.
George Cooper made the first impact, going on one of his now trademark destructive runs to take Coalville into Melton territory. After some well structured build up play, it was Cooper himself who crossed within 5 minutes.
More forward power led to the second try, as Euan Pollard made inroads, sucking defenders in to allow James Phelps to finish out wide on the overlap.
With the first tries being indebted to power, the third was all about pace and footwork as fly half Howard weaved his wave through the Melton back three for a try from his own half.
Not only were Coalville making dents in attack, but their defence stood firm in the first 40, with winger George Burke in particular giving Melton backs a Coalville welcome.
The rest of the half brought a total of 7 tries, with G Cooper and Phelps going over for their second of the afternoon, whilst Ed Neville and Pollard also got on the scoresheet. Howard was having an off day with the boot, kicking 3 out of 7 to give the half time score of 41-0.
The home side let their foot off the gas in the second half, and the away side got their just rewards. Their fly half scored an excellent individual effort with the home side providing a gaping hole for him to run into. This was followed up by two further efforts which were fully deserved by the away side, who put in a much stronger performance in the second half, with their hooker and open side showing real character in defence and around the breakdown.
Despite a drop in performance, Coalville did add to their first half score, with Denley Blake going over for a skilful individual effort, whilst full back Harrison Halford slid over to finish off a free flowing team move.
Coalville return to league action this week, knowing only a full 80 minute performance will be good enough to get their 2nd league win against an always strong Lutterworth side.