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Durham City
Acklam
Sat 22 Sep 15:00 - Northern Division - Durham/ Northumberland Division one Full time

Durham City 91 Acklam 22

Acklam are torn apart by City but come away with a bonus point

After a bright start Acklam went down to a very heavy defeat against a hard running Durham City side, the only consolation being getting a bonus point for scoring 4 tries themselves.
In the early minutes of the game Acklam were awarded a penalty and an attacking line out in City's 22.They ran the ball, stand off Danny Ashton made a break and right winger Chris Mallam went over in the corner to give the visitors an early 5 nil lead.
From there it all went wrong for Acklam however. They ran the restart and made ground before left winger Tom Hughes was forced into touch just inside the City half. From the lineout City made a devastating midfield break to put their player over. For the rest of the half a combination of strong running by City and poor Acklam defence resulted in 7 more tries, all converted by the home side's excellent kicker, giving them a huge half time lead of 56 - 5.
Although the game was lost Acklam did improve and put up a fight in the second half, with promising debuts from the bench by Theo Guignard and Nathan Faint. Acklam again scored the first try of the half with a good pick and drive by skipper Ben Pearson.
Again the early try for the visitors stirred the strong City runners into action, as they scored 4 more converted tries to stretch the lead to 84 - 10. To their credit Acklam did not throw in the towel - they rallied again with two more tries in the last 10 minutes, a second from Pearson and a fine effort from Chris Walker, also on from the bench, to give Acklam a 4 try bonus point. However, there was still time for City to have the last word, breaking to score yet another try to make the score 91 - 22 at full time.
Updated 12:14 - 23 Sep 2018 by Paul I'Anson

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Gator, Bradley Gator, Bradley
Hughes, Tom Hughes, Tom
Sudron, Marcus Sudron, Marcus
Scott, Ricky Scott, Ricky
Mallam, Chris Mallam, Chris
Ashton, Daniel Ashton, Daniel
Faint, Alex Faint, Alex
O'brien, Patrick O'brien, Patrick
Everett, Ross Everett, Ross
Bottomley, Cameron Bottomley, Cameron
Savage, Tim Savage, Tim
Hoggarth, Carl Hoggarth, Carl
Bowtell-Potter, Jamie BoBo Bowtell-Potter, Jamie BoBo
Pearson, Ben Pearson, Ben
Owens, Paul Owens, Paul

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7. Hartlepool Rovers 6 15
8. Barnard Castle 6 15
9. Acklam 6 14
10. Gateshead 6 14
11. Horden and Peterlee 6 9
12. Ponteland 6 5
13. Medicals 6 2

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