DURHAM CITY 52 REDCAR 0
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.