Barnard Castle 7 West 39

By Dave Picken - March 10 2019
Barnard Castle 7 West 39 With just four league games left to go we moved up into second place in Durham and Northumberland One with a comfortable win in the shadow of the handsome Bowes Museum ..

The 39-7 win earned a try bonus point, which could be vital as we closed the gap on leaders Durham City to just one point  - we meet at Hollow Drift at the end of the month.
Northern are also still in the mix after their last minute 25-24 defeat at City, and with pressure mounting the final places could be decided by who blinks first.
There was no sign of that on the Upper Demenses pitch at Barnard Castle despite the home side competing fiercely throughout, but rarely making it to the visiting 22.
We went into an early lead when persistent pressure on the left saw full back Luke Mallinson react the quickest as play broke down in the corner - collecting to dive over. Stu's kick into the biting wind blowing off the Pennines was just short.
Playing down the slope West’s forwards dominated the scrum, but it was from a line-out that the second score came with No 8 Jay Corbett powering over from five metres with the wind again thwarting Waites.
We were dealt a blow on the half hour with skipper Ryan Painter suffering an ankle injury, the same one he broke exactly a year ago, as he made a break into the home 22. Mallinson (pictured) moving to scrum half and going on to prove to be a more than able deputy.
Stu promptly slotted a penalty in front of the posts as his side regrouped.
And he was on target again just before the break when a slick move down the right opened a gap in the home defence with Peter Youll powering through to give his side a 20-0 lead at the break.
It looked like we wouldn’t have long to wait for the bonus point try when Waites collected his own lofty kick into the Barnard Castle half to send winger Callum Johnston galloping up the right.
He looked to be going all the way but opted to run a diagonal line for the posts which allowed home second row Nic Moore to bring him down just short.
But that all important bonus point try came on 50 minutes after we kicked a penalty to the corner. Andrew Rollins’ throw was taken by a home line-out jumper who promptly gifted the ball to the West hooker who gratefully evaded two tackles as he went for the line, with the conversion attempt just wide.
Barney mounted their first real pressure of the game and got their reward when scrum half Rees Doyle took a quick tap penalty to go over and set up an easy conversion.
Hopes of a home revival were soon dashed when fly half George Welsby made a hash of a clearing kick. West centre Davy Heckles won the contest to take the miscued high ball and he took maximum advantage racing in from just outside the 22.
Waites added the extras and he was on target again for the final try of the afternoon.
Once again the West scrum was too powerful for the home eight who were pushed off their own ball with Isaac Robinson picking up and sending Peter Youll in under the posts.

No game next week as we prepare for an exciting climax to the season.

Barnard Castle: Adam Kicks, Dean Bainbridge, Lucas Summers, Charles Butlin, Jake Webster-Cheetham, George Welsby, Rees Doyle, Dan Souter, James Allison, Charles Garland, Dan Potts, Nic Moore, Sam King, Callum Burke, Rob Stanwix.
Replacements (all used): Joe Larder, Jack Worley, Matt Morrison.
Try: Doyle.
Con: Welsby
West: Luke Mallinson, Callum Johnston, Davy Heckles, Peter Youll, Max Tennant, Stu Waites, Ryan Painter (captain), Adam Coates, Andrew Rollins, Adam Brown, John Bunter, Michael Hogan, Scott Butcher, Isaac Robinson, Jay Corbett.
Reps (all used): Adam Peacock, Craig Hadwen, Alex Barker.
Tries: Mallinson, Youll (2), Heckles, Rollins, Corbett.
Yellow: Hogan
Referee: Alex Mackinder (Durham)

Barnard Castle 7 West 39
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10/03/2019 11:25
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Re: Barnard Castle 7 West 39
LesterP (IP Logged)
10/03/2019 11:34
Another great day out - well done everyone, thanks DP.

Great photos Kathryn.

Re: Barnard Castle 7 West 39
Hardwick Man (IP Logged)
10/03/2019 14:45
Poor ROO......any updates on his injury

Re: Barnard Castle 7 West 39
Dave Picken (IP Logged)
10/03/2019 16:34
Roo didn’t think it was too bad and it didn’t stop him letting his voice be heard from the touch line.

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