Given the number of injuries and unavailabilities it was tremendous we could get out a side of such strength.
The warm up was poor and after the classic Jimmy Tyers teamtalk, which was the equivalent of verbal Lemsip, the first half was not pretty for West.
The home team started like a house on fire scoring two tries without response. West did reply with a try but I can't remember who it was as I lost my notes.
The final 20 minutes of the half were comfortably the worst West have played all year. Poor tackling (again) and losing possession easily were the order of the day. Nothing worked and all looked lost until we managed another try just shy of half time to make it 26-12. Consett easily deserving of their lead and scoring some good tries.
There was a real feeling of the Stags losing their record this season and reports on Twitterface suggested a similar report from HQ.
The lads knew they had let themselves down and the coaches suggested that it might be a good idea if they pulled it round if they didn't mind.
The reaction was tremendous with 25 unanswered points.
West went back to basics and caught and drove which netted Nige Bulmer 3 tries. Another came from Ben Armstrong. Paul Moss also took control and got West into good field positions with his Howitzer boot.
Despite this the home side pounded the West line and after great defence Dan Quinn intercepted a long pass and sprinted the whole length of the pitch to cap a great performance overall.
The final score was by skipper Tyers after some close quarter work close to the posts.
A relief in the end against a decent side who were a tough challenge for our boys.
Best for West - man of the match Hatrick Hero Nige 'TV Police Celebrity' Bulmer, Scott Coull who worked hard throughout, Danny Quinn and Adam Brown. Also great to see Scotty Parker back.
Final score 37-26
Stags: Hadwen Hamilton Clayton Simpson Tyers (c) Brown, Bulmer, Coull, Armstrong, Quinn, Jassy, Moss, Peacock, Imran, Cole,Allott, Parker
Ref - Charl Erasmus - making a welcome return to proper local rugby.
Food - Mince pie with double cooked chips and marrowfat peas and gravy. Light flaky pastry with a rich mince in gravy with hints of barbecue and spring herbs. A close runner for tea of the season behind Rovers chicken casserole which is still in the lead - 9/10
Next week Consett Away (yes again!) in the Candy Cup.