Stags 48 Barnard Castle 12

By Andy Dixon - January 8 2017
Stags 48 Barnard Castle 12 With all of the baubles safely packed away for another year, West began as they had finished 2016, with a great display against a decent Castle outfit ... 

Barney kicked to West and after a good take from Brown and text book rucking from Mould the ball was worked downfield. After a series of decent drives from the forwards, everyone's favourite copper top Dan Quinn squirrelled over from 2 meters. His goal kicking was as bad as ever in his shiny new boots missing the conversion. 5-0 after 5 minutes. 

Castle were not to be outdone when a strong run up the Catcote Road side of the pitch and some missed tackles led to a converted try 7-5 after 20 or so.

Stags v Barnard Castle 

West then went into Barbarians mode and scored 3 tries off the classic 101 greatest tries VHS (that was a video tape for all you hipsters). 

The first was from some great interplay and support from forwards and backs which led to the Blockhead going over from 5 meters. Alan would have approved.

The next again made by the mercurial Hilditch at first five eighth which allowed Handley to score. 

Finally another move with some fancy backs moves which allowed Jassy - who had a fine game throughout putting in some great hits and showing a different aspect to his game - to fly in at the corner. Hilditch adding the extras from wide out on the right. 

Barnard Castle struck back again with another one of their own to make the score at oranges 24-12. 

Jim Tyers scored too from a strange move which looked like he was walking (slow motion) - effective all the same. I can't remember whether that was before or after half time. 

After the break it was all West. 

First to score was Craig Hadwen who had passed the walking along the white line sobriety test to replace Head Block at half time. Hilditch adding the extras again 31-12.

As Barny tired some great hands in the backs by Peacock set Hilditch up for a try of his own. 

A tap and go penalty from Quinn finished the scoring putting Butch, who again was a right handful all afternoon, in for a simple score.

Final Score West Stags 48-12 Barnard Castle 

A good game to watch and a good performance too after the Christmas break when it is always tough to get into your stride again. Credit to Barny who had a couple of decent players and who caused us some trouble at times.  Tough game away to Acklam next week. 

1. Clayton2. Hamilton 3. Hunter 4. Handley 5. Tyers c6. Foulds7. Mould8. Brown9. Quinn10. Hilditch 11. Peacock12. Tyers 13. Butcher14. Dhilon15. Cole Reps: Hadwen Allott Scott


Referee - Les - Durham Society. Nice fella who marshalled the troops well. 


Food - Steak Pie with peas carrots and roasties. A firm favourite with the boys, hearty and flavoursome 8/10.


Stags 48 Barnard Castle 12
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08/01/2017 10:10
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Re: Stags 48 Barnard Castle 12
LesterP (IP Logged)
08/01/2017 10:41
Great game to watch & a great report to read. Once again a fantastic blend of experience, leadership and youth saw us through. Well done to all players and coaches.

Re: Stags 48 Barnard Castle 12
LesterP (IP Logged)
08/01/2017 13:29
Also worth noting is the high proportion of Auburn haired individuals in this Stags Unit - the Masterace is evident on the pitch and in the coaching roles. Even Sid is developing copper highlights in his eyebrows. It is no accident therefore that this squad is performing so well. How could it not ? ;-)

Re: Stags 48 Barnard Castle 12
Rozzy 1 (IP Logged)
08/01/2017 15:27
The quality of the match report is there for all to see, and after the recent demise of top restaurant critic AA Gill, have we found the man to take over?

Re: Stags 48 Barnard Castle 12
chadwen (IP Logged)
08/01/2017 17:36
Good report as always ( when one gets done .the white lines were all over the place but could walk them when the ground stoped moving

Re: Stags 48 Barnard Castle 12
Hardwick Man (IP Logged)
08/01/2017 17:50
I'm amazed that someone who plays rugby knows who AA Gill is....

Re: Stags 48 Barnard Castle 12
Tyo (IP Logged)
08/01/2017 18:41
Cracking write up and I thought I was running canny quick in the build up to my try...

Re: Stags 48 Barnard Castle 12
Rozzy 1 (IP Logged)
09/01/2017 17:39
Hardwick Man ... I don't play rugby, so that qualifies me to know who AA Gill was (not is).

Re: Stags 48 Barnard Castle 12
Hardwick Man (IP Logged)
09/01/2017 18:12
Rozzy....I stand corrected. The culinary world will be bereft with his passing
I thank you

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