3 years ago
By GED ENTWISTLE
Lancashire one step from Twickenham...
Lancashire took another step towards the Bill Beaumont Cup Final at Twickenham with a hard working 17-6 win against Durham at Blaydon. Tries by the Rawlings Brothers and Jordan Dorrington, with one converted by Chris Johnson, secured the win. They face Yorkshire at the Woodlands on Saturday, 23rd May in their final group game.
Durham took an early lead with a penalty by fly-half Peter Evans. He was to miss a couple more kicks at goal later in a very tight 1st half. Durham & Darlington Mowden Park lock Guy Van Den Dries was yellow carded in the 14th minute and from the subsequent lineout Lancashire lock Gareth Rawlings was driven over for the try in the left corner. Chris Johnson was uanble to add the extras from the touchline but the Red Rose county had a 5-3 lead.
The rest of the half was a stalemate as both teams battled for possession and territory and it was still 5-3 to the visitors at the interval.
An early penalty by Durham skipper Evans regained the lead for the home team but Lancashire then stepped up their efforts. The best try of the afternoon came when winger Jordan Dorrington added to his growing reputation by racing through a rather flat footed defence for a fine try. Johnson added the conversion for a 12-6 lead.
As the two sides batted for the decisive score, it was left to the other Rawlings brother, Scott, to confirm the 17-6 win when he ploughed over following a break by Matt Lamprey. A late yellow card for skipper Evan Stewart had no affect on the final score.
So the battle for a place in the Twickenham Final goes down to the wire as, after two successive away fixtures, Lancashire welcomes Yorkshire to Fyldes ground the Woodlands on Saturday (ko 3pm).Admission £5. Cheshire are also still in the running as, following a narrow win over Yorkshire, they travel to Durham in their final game. There are various potential mathematical outcomes between the three contenders but the simple position for the Red Rose County is that a win at the Woodlands will guarantee a place in the Final.
(report from Fylde RUFC ..photo by Sally Evans )