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1st XV - Match centre

Durham City
Sat 10 Feb 14:15 - Northern Division - Durham & Northumberland 1 Full time


A poor, scrappy first -half in which Durham City contrived to make life difficult for themselves in this Durham & Northumberland 1 re-arranged league match against lowly Redcar gave way to an eight try romp after a few sharp words at half-time.

City led 7 – 0 at that point, a long break by flanker Craig Dominick from a lineout 45 metres out ending with supporting No.8 Peter Dent going over for the try and stand-off Paul Armstrong converting. Redcar played with great spirit in this period, but once the second-half started and City tightened up their game, the difference in class became only too obvious.

Within 10 minutes they had scored a further 3 tries for the bonus point, Dominick going again and Dent scoring for a ruck on the Redcar line, lock Kevin Showler scoring from a driven 5 metre scrum and Dent getting his hat-trick from pressure on the visitors’ line. Armstrong converted 2 of them to stretch the lead to 26 – 0 and it quickly became 45 – 0 when Dent got his fourth try as the Redcar scrum was driven back, winger Tom Elliott went 30 metres up the touchline to score and centre Chris Metcalfe took a Dent offload to beat the defensive cover.

Elliott added his second try 2 minutes from the end when he stepped inside to score as the backs ran, and with Armstrong converting the last 3 tries. City ran out very comfortable winners to maintain their lead at the top of the league table.

City: Phil Stewart; Tom Elliott, Brad Pears, Chris Metcalfe, Josh White: Paul Armstrong, Sam Heron; Colin Hogg, Kenny Reader, Benny Parkinson, Kevin Showler, Howard Johnson, Craig Dominick, Tom Jones, Peter Dent.

Replacements: Tim Mackay, Josh Cotton.

OMW Skills Series: Evasion

Team selection

Stewart, Phil Stewart, Phil
Elliott, Thomas Elliott, Thomas
Pears, Bradley Pears, Bradley
Metcalfe, Chris Metcalfe, Chris
White, Josh White, Josh
Armstrong, Paul Armstrong, Paul
Paxton, Will Paxton, Will
Dent, Peter Dent, Peter
Jones, Tom Jones, Tom
Dominick, Craig Dominick, Craig
Showler, Kevin Showler, Kevin
Johnson, Howard Johnson, Howard
Parkinson, Benny Parkinson, Benny
Reader, Kenny Reader, Kenny
Hogg, Colin Hogg, Colin

League round up

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Durham City 20 89
2. Barnard Castle 20 88
3. South Shields Westoe 20 79
4. Consett 19 77
5. Horden and Peterlee 20 61
6. Gateshead 16 49
7. Guisborough 20 49


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