1st XV vs Bishop Auckland

1st XV vs Bishop Auckland

By J. Harrison - April 12 2011
Meetings between these sides have traditionally been close affairs and this DurhamNorthumberland Division Two clash, played in perfect rugby conditions, was no exception.

Seaton opened the scoring before a Bishop hand was laid on the ball. Danny Wilson's towering kick-offwas claimed by the forwards and shipped along the three-quarter line to winger Mark Robinson.He cut inside to straighten the line and man-of-the match James Lindsay looped to the outside totouch down for a first minute unconverted try. Bishop took control in all departments for the nextten minutes and their forwards mauled over for a well deserved converted try.

Despite Bishop's ascendancy in the set pieces, Seaton obtained enough possession to pose a serious threat but neitherside could find the finishing touch. Bishop were held up over the line on one occasion and a Peter Storey try was disallowed on another, leaving the score at 7-5 going into the interval. A series of misdemeanours put the seasiders on to the back foot from the restart and Bishop extended theirlead with a penalty on the forty fifth minute. Stout home defending blunted a series of Seaton attacks, with the visitors eventually being held up over the line. But, when Dan Charlton released his backs by taking a quick tap penalty on the half way line, the home defence could not stop Lindsay from levelling the scores with a sixtieth minute unconverted try. Each side squandered scoring opportunities by taking wrong options but, with five minutes remaining, Bishop were adjudged to have collapsed a five metre scrum and Charlton took advantage of the confusion to dart over for the final score.

Bishop Auckland 10 - Seaton Carew 15

1st XV vs Bishop Auckland
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