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1st XV - Match centre

Acklam
Barnard Castle
Tries
C Burke, J Larder
Conversions
G Upton
Penalties
G Upton
Penalty Try
Sat 8 Sep 15:00 - Northern Division - Durham/ Northumberland Division one Full time

Another away win for Castle

Castle took a much-changed side to newly promoted Acklam who have been unbeaten since the 2016/17 season for a significant challenge to their credentials.

Castle took a much-changed side to newly promoted Acklam who have been unbeaten since the 2016/17 season for a significant challenge to their credentials.
Ali Johnston moved into the scrumhalf slot and Greg Upton moved into flyhalf to cater for absentee players from last week. Liam Riley slotted in at hooker to allow Allison’s shoulder some more ‘time off’ and there was a club debut for newly signed winger gavin hill, stepping up a league level after a productive try-scoring record with Richmond last season. Jack Marston moved from back row to inside centre, Dan Potts returned to the side at lock and George Welsby returned from illness into the outside centre channel.
Barnie playing up the slope started well and most of the opening quarter was played in the Acklam half albeit that their dangerous right winger nearly escaped down the field on more than one occasion and there were excellent tackles from fullback Jack Rowlandson to prevent Acklam scoring.
The scrums and the lineouts were evenly matched and after quarter of an hour’s play there were still no points on the board. All that changed after a drive up the park involving Rob Stanwix and Joe Larder. This led to a penalty kick followed by a Castle lineout in the top left corner of the pitch. Dan Potts took the ball down beautifully and created the focus for a driving maul. It was his second-row partner Callum Burke on the ball as it crashed to the floor over the Acklam line. Greg Upton popped over a nicely chipped conversion and Castle seemed to be on their way.
Acklam however had other ideas and with some astute kicking from their ten, got Barnie pinned down in the bottom corner. From a lineout and a series of surges for the line, the flyhalf dummied through a gap to dot down under the Castle posts and the score was tied up at seven apiece. The home side’s tails were up and further pressure just before halftime saw a clearance kick charged down by the Acklam flanker and the ball fell nicely for him to dive on the ball over the line. Acklam were now ahead 14-7 but just before the break Barnie hit back. A sniping run up the middle by Ali Johnston nearly saw the offload to winger gavin hill popping up in midfield but Acklam’s tackle was high and Upton popped over the penalty kick to close the score to 14-10.
Coming down the slope in the second half, Castle cranked up the pressure from the receipt of the kickoff when Upton put up a sumptuous up and under and George Welsby retrieved the ball. Kicks for the corner then kept Acklam pinned in their own half. When they tried to runout it was George Welsby who stripped the ball from the Acklam winger to keep the pressure on. However, Castle could not at that stage turn pressure into points and when Acklam got the chance for penalty goals, with the wind at the kickers back, they put over to attempts and led 20-10 as the ball hit the hour mark.
The last quarter saw Castle show true grit. Changes in the pack and a tiring Acklam eight saw Barnie finally achieve dominance in both the set scrum and lineout. Acklam started yielding penalties and skipper Hughes opted to take a scrum right in front of the home posts. With Curtis Brunell putting fresh weight into the front row, the Acklam eight were back-pedalling and stood up to relieve the pressure. Unsurprisingly the ref awarded a penalty try and Castle sniffed a comeback.
Suddenly it was all Castle and Luca Summers and Rowlandson linked beautifully down the right before being thwarted by a last-ditch tackle. Next it was the other winger gavin hill that steamed up the middle to create pressure. Stanwix, Larder, Potts, Riley and Burke all had surges from five metres out before Larder barged his way to dot down on the tryline itself. The comeback was complete at 20-22 and in all truth, it was more a case of Barnie seeking the fourth bonus point try than Acklam having a final bid for glory. Hill again went close up the left wing and Stanwix and man-of-the match Larder yet again linked nicely close to the line but were just held up prior to final whistle going.
Two away wins so early in the season is a great start to the league campaign although they may rue not getting bonus points in either fixture. Another tough test awaits on Saturday as Barnie entertain Durham who are also two from two.

Quilter Kids First Champions winner – November: Hinckley RFC

Joe Larder

Player of the Match

Joe Larder

Key moments

15:00
Try Callum Burke scores for Barnard Castle
17:00
Conversion Greg Upton kicks a conversion for Barnard Castle
25:00
Penalty Greg Upton kicks a penalty for Barnard Castle
70:00
Try Joe Larder scores for Barnard Castle

Highlights

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79:00 Player of the Match
Joe Larder is awarded player of the match for Barnard Castle
70:00 Try 0 - 20
Joe Larder scores for Barnard Castle
60:00 Penalty Try
Penalty try awarded to Barnard Castle
End of period 1
25:00 Penalty 0 - 10
Greg Upton kicks a penalty for Barnard Castle
17:00 Conversion 0 - 7
Greg Upton kicks a conversion for Barnard Castle
15:00 Try 0 - 5
Callum Burke scores for Barnard Castle
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As it happened

  • Acklam
  • Barnard Castle
  • 0
  • Callum Burke Try 15:00'
  • Greg Upton Conversion 17:00'
  • Greg Upton Penalty 25:00'
  • Penalty Try 60:00'
  • Joe Larder Try 70:00'

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Other Durham/ Northumberland Division one results

69
5
Whitby
Northern
73
17
Horden and Peterlee
19
24
West Hartlepool

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Northern 13 62
2. Durham City 13 55
3. West Hartlepool 13 55
4. Stockton 13 50
5. South Shields Westoe 13 43
6. Novocastrians 13 42
7. Barnard Castle 13 37

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