West Bucks v Darlington Mowden Park - Durham County Cup Final
12 April, 2015 22:25
Once 4 lads from Liverpool wrote

"There are places I remember
All my life though some have changed
Some forever not for better
Some have gone and some remain
All these places have their moments
With lovers and friends I still can recall
Some are dead and some are living
In my life I've loved them all"

This was the days theme tune and as romantic as it may sound, once in a while days come along that you will remember more than others. This was one of them and why? Fish and chips from our very own James Martin - Elmo to challenge the newly crowned Chip Shop of the Year Fish Face. They were lush!

Anyway we also had a game of rugby that was canny too.

A quite remarkable thing occurred before kick off which were 3 players making themselves available (it's called glory hunting) Ian Wilson who had managed to preen his chest leg and armpit hair to perfection and to top it all had perfectly applied the San Tropez in all the right areas. Adonis had nowt on Blouse. Mark Cholomley who after being asked to play got lashed on Friday night so as to ease the pain of a full shift on the tighthead. Just to clarify Chummers had not waxed or false tanned up. The third was John Greenwell who was sporting a blue pair of Calvin Kleins the sight of which started some involuntary vomiting.

After being presented with the very reasonably priced souvenir t-shirts the lads set about the warm up. Mowden had started theirs on Friday night just before tea and were on to their 27th lap of the pitch when we arrived.

West touched their toes, Willer lathered himself in a final coating of St Tropez and we were off.

Mowden attacked early and were thwarted by some good defence in the shape of Bulmer Sawyer and Cameron.

Mowden were first on the scoresheet. Good driving play by their enormous 6 took them deep into the West 22. A West forward infringed and they struck an easy penalty 0-3.

West then took the lead, from Hamiltons throw and a safe lineout take by Bunter, West drove the Mowden pack backwards. Tighe released Oliphant who weaved his magic and set Wilson off through the Mowden defence to score under the posts. Oliphant missed the extras. 5-3.

The Darlington side were to score again next. After some aerial tennis the Mowden inside centre ran a great line avoiding all sorts of tackles to score under posts and make it 10-5 after the conversion.

West needed to respond and so they did. Again after some solid forward play with Painter Dickson and Cholomley to the fore the ball was spread wide to Wilson who had plenty to do. He broke 2 tackles and slipped the ball to Bulmer who crashed under the posts. Oliphant added the extras 12-10 to West.

West pressed home their superior nous in the backs with another try. With all eyes in defence on the Joey Essex type tan of Wilson the ball was fed to Todd who carved a super line to score under the sticks. 17-10.

Mowden struck back through their 10 who jinked his way passed several defenders to score and when West infringed a few minutes later Mowden led 18-17.

The home team were dealt a blow at this stage when Cameron who was having a fine game was removed from the field with injured ribs. Dixon replaced him in the second row with the live wire Bunter slotting in at 8.

HT 18-17

After the break and with the wind in their face West played almost the perfect game. Without the ball it is impossible to play and this is what happened.

Cheshire replaced Tighe at 9 who moved effortlessly to full back. Gavin Painter went to 10 with Olly having a spell in the Oxygen Chamber.

Forward exchanges were tight at times in the early stages and were feisty with Chris Strong and Tim Sawyer shown a yellow a piece for some scrapping on the deck.

Darlington were on the back foot in most phases with a steady stream of penalties being given away. West chipped away at them with kicks to the corner and drives and then some more of the same. Darlington defended well with some great hits going in - the big 6 despatching Dickson to near Catcote Road shops.

West drove close to the line after sustained pressure with a West forward crashing over. It was claimed by the England Deaf veteran Sawyer but TV replays were inconclusive as to whose hand got downward pressure. 22-17.

Wilson missed a sitter of a penalty with 7 to go but made sure with another chance with 4 minutes to go after encouragement from his team mates that he was once a good kicker. 25-17 which remained the final score.

Our thanks go to Darlington Mowden Park who were an excellent team and who never gave an inch all afternoon and who contributed to a tremendous game of Rugby Football. Their day will come.

The Cup which was first played for in 1873 (apparently Graham Frankland was at fullback that day) was presented to Graeme Southern the team mentor and occasional tight head.

Team : Painter, Hamilton, Cholomley, Dickson, Bunter, Sawyer, Cameron, Bulmer, Tighe, Oliphant, Jones, Todd, Wilson, Cole, Parker M.

Reps/subs inc travelling reserves subs Greenwell, Hart, Southern, Dixon, Cheshire, Scott, Parker S, Myers,Bulmer

Technical/Advisory - Campbell and Clayton

Ref: Colin Davidson (Durham Society)
Touch: Ray Sutherland, Mark Wise
Tea : Fish and Chips (tea of Champions).
Presentation Party: Chris Mcloughlin
Attendance 87.

Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 13/04/2015 07:27 by Mike Neville's Slippers.

Re: West Bucks v Darlington Mowden Park - Durham County Cup Final
Carlo03 (IP Logged)
12 April, 2015 23:27
Fantastic report once again Mike. This was an absolutely fantastic game to watch and an even better spectacle and representation of not just West Hartlepool rugby but rugby in general, spilling over into the early hours of Sunday morning (for some). To correct Mike, there was 86.5 spectators as the whopper marching up and down their touch line can only be classed as .5 and the only black mark on a fantastic day! Well done to all involved..cream rises to the top! I think the highlight though was me pulling Slobs stool from under him in the Causway..biggest cheer of the day! Carlo

P.s: Slob try, clearly double movement
P.p.s: would have been nice to share a pint with the Mowden boys, shame they had to leave straight away.
P.p.p.s: Hope Gav P's leg is ok.

Re: West Bucks v Darlington Mowden Park - Durham County Cup Final
chadwen (IP Logged)
13 April, 2015 00:56
Wanted to to play a game and this one was on cards but after watching it I was glad I didn't play, as it was a great game to watch and support well done

Re: West Bucks v Darlington Mowden Park - Durham County Cup Final
13 April, 2015 08:27
Just to correct Mike
It was Mark Harrington running the touch with Ray Sutherland NOT Mark Wise
Fantastic write up all the same

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 13/04/2015 08:27 by Ginger Squad Member.

Re: West Bucks v Darlington Mowden Park - Durham County Cup Final
Kitchenette (IP Logged)
13 April, 2015 10:24
Brilliant day, I got another shirt that is a tight fit and thanks to sharon and maisie for kitchen duties - you had to be there to see the first fillet being jack-hammered out of the fryer!

DMP manager was heard to say to their lads that on the day they had lost to a better team - fair play to him in their lads in being magnanimous in defeat.

Colts did us proud again and the Bicester tour party was what rugby is about - win or lose - drinks afterwards with players and alicadoos.

Soss went home 8pm ish and was bladdrered by 9.30pm (again)

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