TECH 0 - 39 Richmondshire

By JGD - September 4 2016
TECH 0 - 39 Richmondshire TECH opened their Durham/Northumberland Division 3 season with a home game against one of the teams expected to be challenging for promotion come next April, Richmondshire. Although they have had a decent pre-season followed by a good cup win at Jarrovians last week TECH have yet to have settled on their best line up as a number of players have been missing for various reasonsand therefore a difficult task was always likely against their Yorkshire visitors. They weren't helped either when Aaron KEMP pulled up injured in the warm up resulting in a late late change to the line up.

On a wet afternoon the game started with the visitors looking to run the ball at every opportunity through their speedy, strong running back division. Despite them looking dangerous TECH's defence stood up to the early pressure with James KEERS particularly responsible for some excellent cover tackles. Although the mobile visiting pack were showing up well around the pitch TECH more than held their own in the tight exchanges but some poor decision making at times spoiled their good work. TECH continued to frustrate the visitors until the 28th minute when good recycling by the forwards saw the ball moved through the backs out to the right wing who crossed out wide for an unconverted try. The score remained at 0-5 until the 40th minute when TECH were penalised for a high tackle on their own 10 metre line. The succesful kick saw the visitors go into the break with an 0-8 lead.

The second half started with TECH pressing the visitors line. With 'Shire giving away 2 penalties in quick succession TECH had a line out 5 metres out. Unfortunately they allowed the visitors to disrupt possession and this led to an excellent breakout which ended with a try for the visitors right winger. The conversion took the score to 0-15.

Mid-way through the half injuries were starting to disrupt the home side and with the 'Shire backs making the most of any possession they got it was inevitable they would add to their total. After 20 minutes with the visitors pressing hard just yards from the home line a poor pass by TECH saw the ball spilled allowing the visitors to gain possession and cross for another converted try. They continued to make the most of any opportunity they got and with their centres looking particularly menacing they added a further 2 tries before the close to finish 0-36 winners.

Whilst obviously disappointed with their performance TECH need to re-group quickly and concentrate on their strengths in the games ahead. It is important that they learn to react more quickly to things that happen during the game as at times they were guilty of allowing the visitors too much time and space in many aspects of play. If they can rectify these problems and start to impose themselves on the game rather than allowing the opposition to dictate play there is no reason why they cannot enjoy a succesful season.