West were subject to the usual dubious cry offs at various points between 9pm Thursday and 1pm Saturday.
Thankfully into the fray came the legends Tighe, Mixie Parker with the young lads Simmo and Kitto a former prop who last played 7 years ago.
In a brilliant move by the coaches Kitto was placed straight on the wing.
West kicked off in bright sunshine and what a game unfolded. From the first kick off Durham caught the ball and attacked West. Like a spring chicken Kitto intercepted the move and galloped in under the sticks. A dream start for the lad who was chuffed to bits with his return after 7 years. Quinny ruined the moment by missing the conversion. (5-0)
Durham however were straight back with a score of their own after a flowing move scoring out wide. (5-5)
Durham then scored twice more and things looked ominous for West (19-5).
On 40 mins Mixie Parker got his magic box of tricks out, made room for Beales who skated in.
Durham were last to score on 41 mins to leave the score 26-10 at drinks.
The human scotch egg (Carlo) replaced Johnson who slotted in at eight. Mixie shouted at the forwards and on we went.
It did the trick. Again the old/young combo worked well in the centre with CJ claiming his second. Tighe replaced Quinn with the tee and slotted a beauty. (26-17).
The sides exchanged tries with City going over and Jimmy 'Brian Blessed' Tyers getting on the score sheet from a move which started from some brilliant tackling from McClurg (who is getting better every game).
Durham scored again and then City had their 'Tantastic' loving open side sin binned for a technical offence.
Scotty Parker then missed the rugby equivalent of an own goal. After a strong scrum anchored by the He-Man like Blades he was sent in by the Jedi like figure of Tighe with a wonderful pass, which he dropped over the line.
Durham scored and then CJ sealed his hat trick. Speed beats man everytime and CJ has gas and wheels to beat any man.
Riggers got mad and boshed his opposite man. I Ansons work rate was a delight to see and never a whinge which is refreshing.
The final score was to go to Quinn who had played well throughout, however the kick was far too important and so Tighe slotted the conversion to win 41-38. Phew!
Special mention to 18 yr old Jonny Hunter who played 80 mins tirelessly and grew into the game as it panned out.
Also to Simmo and Kitto who played for the first time in years and helped us out.
West:- Blades, Johnson, Hunter, Tyers (c), Spence, McClurg, I'Anson, Simpson, Quinn, Tighe, S Parker, M Parker, Beales, Kitto, Scott. Rep C Robinson
Referee : Mike Hodgson
Tea : Pie Peas and Gravy
7/10 (ratings new for this season)