Horden & Peterlee Preview

By Dave Picken - January 25 2019
Horden & Peterlee Preview The Firsts make a bit of history this week with the first ever league meeting between West and Horden (and Peterlee) at the latter's excellent new ground - formerly the home of Peterlee Newtown football club.

A lot of hard work by club members, plus backing from local authorities, has transformed the ground, which includes an excellent second team pitch and, as it's the  home of "The Leds,"  a welcoming bar. (The address is Eden Lane, Peterlee, SR8 5DJ)

We travel for our second derby of 2019 with the promotion race in Durham and Northumberland One becoming ever tighter and with the gap to joint leaders Durham City and Northern down to just one point.

With City hosting both Northern and West in the coming weeks it is all to play for - so we will take on H&P this week knowing that something must change against our old rivals.

Horden traditionally raise their game when West arrive with league fixtures invariably going the way of the home side - at least since  since 2003. This season we won our home game 38-10 and with some ease. 

However, supporters will travel with the memory of February 2015’s epic game at the former Welfare Ground still vivid in the memory. The home side had not won a game all season only to race into a 21 point lead after just 20 minutes. A shell-shocked West fought back taking a 25-24 lead with fifteen minutes remaining - only for a penalty from Craig Jones to seal the win for the hosts.

We will be hoping for better fortunes on a different pitch.

There's quite a few players now back in contention, which bodes well for the run-in. Jake Linighan  is free of work commitments and starts in the second row, alongside the hard working John Bunter, with Chris Atkins moving into a powerful back row where Scott Butcher and Alex Barker have both been leading from the front.

Butch's try-scoring at Medicals last week was only eclipsed by the return to the club of hat-trick (in rugby parlance) hero Luke Mallinson. Mallo will again be at full back with Zac Southern continuing at fly-half as Stu Waites takes more time to recover from a virus.

Adam Larkin is also free of work committments and will be another forceful influence on the wing. He will be alongside top-try scorer Will Hildith who has suddenly turned into the provider of most assists.

Danny Cookland and Michael Hogan also return and will be on the bench alongside Isaac Robinson.

West: Luke Mallinson, Callum Johnston, Will Hilditch, Peter Youll, Adam Larkin Zac Southern, Ryan Painter (capt), Adam Coates, Andrew Rollins, Adam Brown,  John Bunter, Jake Linighan, Chris Atkins Alex Barker, Scott Butcher.

Changes: Isaac Robinson, Michael Hogan, Danny Cookland.

Horden & Peterlee Preview
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25/01/2019 10:15
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LesterP (IP Logged)
25/01/2019 14:51
Good luck everyone.

I've managed to secure a special incentive for this week's BP Try scorer - A signed copy of a real best seller - "Saturday Night, Sunday Morning - The Jim Parkinson Diaries."

This is also a special edition, one of only one that was even published and able to find it's way on to the shelves, well shelf really, of Denny's Book Shop in The Indoor Market.

Dear readers, this is a genuine "one off" and this version also contains, on the inside leaf cover, a personally autographed action shot of Jim in full Jean-Claude Van Damme Denim Rig.

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LesterP (IP Logged)
25/01/2019 15:08
All set down there Stan ?

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old shepherd (IP Logged)
26/01/2019 07:07
Always tough at The Hordle. If we show the discipline and application of the past few games we will prevail. GO WEST!

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Stan the Camel (IP Logged)
26/01/2019 08:32
All set here. A punishing 7 km and a battle with some dog walkers in the Wadi has fired me up.

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old shepherd (IP Logged)
26/01/2019 19:00
Mot pretty. But a wins a win

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