Melbourn Village College clinches district title with late try

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Royston Village College - Credit: Archant

A last-minute converted try won Melbourn Village College the Year 9 District rugby title.

They beat Linton 14-12 to earn a place in the county championships, where they will play Peterborough side Nene Park Academy in the first round.

Melbourn, who had finished fourth and third in previous two years, took the honours after Dylan Miller’s last-gasp try, which Stuart Dingwall converted with the last kick of the game.

The final had see-sawed with Harry Gee’s try, also converted by Dingwall, giving Melbourn the lead. Linton levelled with a well-worked try down the wing then took the lead in the second half, scoring early but crucially missing the conversion.

Then Miller made the break and although he was tackled half a metre out, his managed to stretch his arm and the ball over the line to level the match. Dingwall’s conversion sealed victory.

Earlier Melbourn beat Netherhall and Parkside to set up a semi-final against Chesterton, who they beat 28-7 to seal their final spot.