You’ll have to forgive me! After doing programme notes for 6 out of the last 7 weeks, with 3 of them redundant because of the weather, I’m punch-drunk and just about fresh out of my usual attempts at wit and banter, not to mention news and originality! So, I’m afraid some repetition, yet again, is the order of the day!
Today we welcome once again to Hollow Drift old friends Gateshead and their faithful, together with referee Michael Woods from the London Society, for what should be an interesting re-arranged North 1 East League match. Doubtless they will be scrapping for their lives as they try to put some results together in their last 7 games to avoid relegation, not to mention claim a bit of local pride out of this particular game, whilst City, having lost their winning home record this season to league leaders Billingham in a very hard-fought game last week and dropped a place to seventh, will be looking for further mid-table consolidation. So, let’s hope we have a good match!
It was good and bad news for the Second and Third Teams in their County Cup quarter-finals last week. A magnificent “0 – 0 win” for the Seconds after Ryton withdrew has seen them advance to a home semi-final against Mowden Park on 10th March without playing a match (bye in the first round) and, at this rate, the glory of winning the Cup could yet be theirs by default! The Thirds, unfortunately, went down at Billingham. Today, there’s no game for the Seconds and the Thirds are away to Gateshead.
At Mini level last week, all/most sides won against Sunderland and Hartlepool Rovers and tomorrow all travel to Westoe. Juniors? The U.14s beat Westoe, the 16s lost to them whilst the 18s result against Bishop Auckland has unfortunately escaped me and the 13s and 15s had no game. Tomorrow, there’s again no game for the 13s, but the 14s are away to Ponteland, 15s and 16s at home to them and the 18s are at home to Sunderland.
Last Saturday’s Race Night proved to be a cracking affair with proceeds for the Kevin Showler Fund expected to top £3,000 (when all is safely gathered in!) and, on behalf of the Club and Kev, I would express our sincere thanks to all who attended (Tynedale in particular) and supported the cause so generously. Next on the agenda is a Guinness Book of Records attempt – watch this space!
Finally, MONDAY NIGHT, 27th FEBRUARY : DURHAM UNIVERSITY v NECASTLE FALCONS at Hollow Drift (K.O. 7.00pm)
That’s it! Enjoy the day!
HOW THEY LINE-UP
DURHAM CITY GATESHEAD
Peter Van Loo 15 Scott Cartner
Chris Metcalfe 14 Peter Sockett
Adam Morton 13 David Tate
Will Kirtley 12 Martyn Heelbeck
Rob Smith 11 Michael Robinson
Arnie Stevenson 10 Jack Dove
Thomas Howard 9 Christopher Owen
Kenny Reader 1 Warren Wilczek
Dave Farrar 2 Adam Hill
Neil Hart 3 James Collins
Peter Dent (c) 4 David Henry
Tom Baty 5 Ian Carr
Grant Thompson 6 Callum Jackson
Jeff Roberts 7 Jonathon Smith
Richard Ellis 8 Martin Pluskal
Graeme Herbert 16 David Kerr
Howard Johnson 17 Gavin McMurtry
Darren McKinnon 18 Jonathon Aslet
Referee : Mr. Michael Woods (London Society)