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1XV - Match centre

Acklam
Newton Aycliffe
Sat 17 Feb 14:15 - Northern Division - Durham & Northumberland 2 Full time

Acklam 81 Newton Aycliffe 5

Acklam overwhelm Aycliffe in a first half blitz

Acklam overwhelmed visitors Newton Aycliffe, scoring 9 tries in a first half blitz and 13 in all to run up an 81 -5 scoreline.
The writing was on the wall straight from the kick off, taken by openside Paddy O'Brien from whom the ball was quickly moved out wide to winger Josh Abraham who beat his man before passing back inside for full back Brad Gater to open the scoring.
A few minutes later Acklam lost a lineout but soon won the ball back and it went right then left in a flowing move resulting in a try for second row Danny Moss, converted by stand off Danny Ashton for a 12 nil lead. Three more tries followed in quick succession with Abraham fully involved - first from a scrum when he fed Chris Mallam who came across from the opposite wing to score. He then gave Gater his second try before going clear and round behind the posts himself.
The first half tries continued to flow as centre Marcus Sudron and O'Brien got in on the scoring, followed by Abraham's second and Gater's hat trick try.
Acklam had run riot and racked up an amazing 53 nil lead after just over half an hour. To their credit Aycliffe heads didn't go down - they fought hard and prevented another Acklam score for the next twenty minutes. Then Gater returned the compiment when he made a good run then put Abraham over for his own hat trick. A few minutes later Abraham could have scored again but instead passed inside to supporting forward Nathan Thompson to get the try.
Towards the end Aycliffe saw some reward for their efforts when the home side gifted them an interception try. However, there was still time for Abraham to finish a great personal performance with his fourth try and Sudron to get his own second and round off Acklam's overwhelming 81 - 5 victory.

Team selection

Gator, Bradley Gator, Bradley
Abraham, Josh Abraham, Josh
Roberts, Paul Roberts, Paul
Sudron, Marcus Sudron, Marcus
Mallam, Chris Mallam, Chris
Ashton, Daniel Ashton, Daniel
Hogg, Len Hogg, Len
Dalton, Andy Dalton, Andy
O'brien, Patrick O'brien, Patrick
Thompson, Nathan Thompson, Nathan
Moss, Danny Moss, Danny
Savage, Tim Savage, Tim
Bowtell-Potter, Jamie BoBo Bowtell-Potter, Jamie BoBo
Pearson, Ben Pearson, Ben
Owens, Paul Owens, Paul

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Acklam 26 123
2. Whitley Bay Rockcliff 25 87
3. Hartlepool 26 84
4. North Shields 26 82
5. Whitby 23 81
6. Ryton 24 73
7. Sunderland 24 59

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