Darlington MP 64 West 5

By Dave Picken - May 12 2017
Darlington MP 64 West 5 An Adam Coates try was all we had to show for our considerable efforts against the semi-pros of Mowden Park but we certainly deserved more ..

Mowden maul

Head coach Iain Dixon and skipper Dan Boatman will want to forget the scoreline in their last game in charge,  but will remember with pride the spirit the side showed on the broad expanse of the Northern Echo Arena.

For long periods we actually enjoyed more territory in the Durham Senior cup final - only to come up against some superb running from the home side.

Winger Adam Radwan ran in three tremendous tries - all a joy - with centre James Fitzpatrick close behind in the free running stakes. Only one of the ten home tries coming from short range with the rest being scored from close to the half way line as the home backs seized on any mistakes or half tackles.

We had chances to get points on the board in the first half but bravely opted to kick penalties to corners. Instead, we had to be content with a 65th minute try from  Adam Coates for the consolation. The prop diving over in the corner after a long pass from Gavin Painter after Mowden had messed up a line-out.

With half a dozen regulars missing the youngsters got a chance to play at the Arena and 18 year old prop Scott Coull will always remember where he made his first team debut.


Darlington MP: Josh Bragman, Shaun McCartney, Ben Frankland, James Fitzpatrick, Adam Radwan, Garry Law, Chris Auld (captain), Darren Fearn, Chris Wood, Ignas Darkinitis, Talite Vaioleti, Dan Preston-Routledge, Joe Craggs, Callum Mackenzie, Simon Uzokwe.

Reps all used:  Mark Bell,  Adam Brocklebank, Rory Duff,  Callum Burke, Alex Dunne, Mike Wood,  Tom Kill

Tries: Darkintis, Radwan (3), Auld, Mackenzie, Vaioleti, Fitzpatrick (2), Uzokwe
Conversions: Bragman (2), Law (5)


West: Zac Southern, Luke Mallinson, Liam Checksfield, Peter Youll, Joe Willis, Gavin Painter, Ryan Painter, Alex Key, Andrew Rollins, Adam Coates, Joe Rafferty, Dan Boatman (capt), Andy Turner, Lee Maddison, Sam Miller.

Reps all used: Ross Wood, Scott Coull, Jay Corbett, Adam Brown, Matt Siddle, Paul Moss, Alex Barker.

Try: Coates

Referee: Adam Morrison (Durham)


Darlington MP 64 West 5
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12/05/2017 08:52
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Re: Darlington MP 64 West 5
milkybar kid (IP Logged)
12/05/2017 09:11
A performance full of "Blood and Snot" ( A Carbs Quote) spirit, bottle, guts.... call it what you will, but a display of sheer doggedness and team spirit that transcended the scoreline......


Re: Darlington MP 64 West 5
LesterP (IP Logged)
12/05/2017 15:46
Great 1st Half - plenty to build on.

Good lad Scott - A Gladitorial Debut if ever there was one - that means " Like a Gladiator" by the way.

Well done to all - 3 Leagues differential is a hell of a challenge.

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