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Whitley Bay Rockcliff
Bishop Auckland
Sat 26 Jan 14:15 - Northern Division - Durham/ Northumberland Division Two Full time

Rock bosh Bish


Awkward Auckland came with a game plan, put into operation but still could not stop the Rock team containing a lot of young lads who learned very quickly that sometimes it’s an ugly hard game.

A much changed side for Rockcliff welcomed to Hillheads mid table Bishop Auckland in a DN 2 fixture on a typically cold winter afternoon.
Coaches Cunningham and Hamilton picked the starting line up of Bowman, Hall, Pentland, Hayton, Thomson, Reid, Cotton, and Hamilton R in the forwards, captain Leach, Hanson, Harrison D, Webster, Johnstone, Fenwick, and Neasham
Hamilton C, Moore, and a welcome return to Mathew Bradley, back and fit for the rest of the season, started from the bench.
Rock started well with a penalty from Hanson after 5 minutes, his father turned out for the Rangers, so Mum was left to support alone ! An experienced Bish team came back at Rock, their powerful pack ably marshalled by a talented young 8, Bish 10 pulling strings and setting off strong back moves. The Red and Gold defence severely tested, but at this stage holding firm. Bish scored 2 penalties to take a lead but back came Rock with a well worked forward try to see Thomson cross the whitewash. Bish were infringing at breakdown, the referee, an exchange from Spain, lost his patience and sent a forward to the naughty step. Rock were dominating the game at this stage, and should have been awarded 2 penalty try’s, the ref further yellow carding 2 more Bish players, the game scrappy, ugly, tempers fraying as Rock got sucked into the Bishop game plan.
Half time saw Rock leading 8 5
The 2nd have descended into a turgid affair, an ugly bad tempered game, lots of backchat to the Andalusian ref, a red for a Bishop back, a try for Alex Hayton, one for them, and more penalties converted by Johnstone to see the game out.
Rock will face more games like this in future, it was a steep learning curve for our younger players and needed the experience of Hamilton C to see the game out.
Not one for the purists amongst us, but another win, and pleasingly the opposition got absolutely nowt , which is more than they deserved.
Cup match next week with Sunderland, then a series of tough league games that will define the season.
Be prepared lads !
Training as per, let’s keep those numbers up.

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Whitley Bay Rockcliff 26 126
2. North Shields 26 114
3. Hartlepool 26 96
4. Sunderland 26 90
5. Winlaton Vulcans 26 79
6. Ashington 26 74
7. Ryton 27 71

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