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Hartlepool Rovers
Barnard Castle
C Whitehead
D Fawcett
Sat 3 Feb 14:15 - Northern Division - Durham & Northumberland 1 Full time

Hartlepool Rovers 8 Barnard Castle 31

Hartlepool Rovers look to be returning to some form after this 31-8 home loss to Barnard Castle.

Last Saturday’s clash at the New Friarage saw the Whites entertain the team in second place in Durham Northumberland One and who had beaten them 29-12 in the reverse fixture.

Steady rain fell throughout the game with the pitch in heavy condition after overnight rain.

Barnard Castle showed their attacking intentions would not be affected by the conditions by scoring after a forward drive to the line after only five minutes, Chris Strong the scorer, Harvey Barkes’ conversion giving his team a 7-0 lead.

Barnard Castle
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Daz Fawcett put a 30 metre penalty wide after eight minutes and Castle increased their lead to 12-0 on 16 minutes when Adam Kicks finished off an excellent handling move that had started with Alister Johnson and Miles Brookes on the opposite wing.

The Friaragemen hit straight back and, after going close through Steven Barnfield in the Railway Corner, pulled five points in the Steetley Corner after 25 minutes when captain Callum Whitehead powered over from an attacking lineout.

Castle extended their lead to 19-5 on 36 minutes. Opting for a scrum from a penalty award, the away eight continued their way to the line, with Mr Davison playing advantage, as the home pack wilted, number eight Rob Stanwix scoring and Barkes slotting the conversion.

With the last action of the first half, Fawcett kicked a front-on 10 metre penalty to make the interval score 19-8 to Castle.

Fawcett went for goal again six minutes into the second half but his 32 metre effort rebounded back into play from the left hand post.

Castle then hammered away at the home try line but found the defence standing firm but, with an extra man with Whitehead in the sin bin, the visitors eventually created a chance for Stanwix to get his second try. Barkes had a simple conversion and the lead now stood at 26-8.

The White Shirts then enjoyed a lengthy spell of pressure deep in the away 22 but, despite several plays on the line, they wouldn’t get the ball down. Castle had two men yellow-carded but they held out and cleared downfield.

The final scoreline of 31-8 came about when Castle broke from halfway and Stanwix, who looked set for a hat-trick try played safe and put the supporting Daniel Potts in from the 22.

Rovers are back in action on the New Friarage this Saturday when they host bottom of the league Ponteland and will hope to get back to winning ways.

Rovers: Pelser, S Railton, S Barnfield, Gunn, A Smith, Fawcett, Stephenson (sin bin 62), Ross, Buttery, Lloyd, O’Callaghan, Little, Church, Wood, Whitehead (c)(sin bin 53). Subs used: R Clayton, Coutts, Cotson

Barnard Castle: Brookes, Johnston, Kicks, Welsby, Summers, Upton, Barkes, Hughes (c), Strong, Haynes, Wearmouth, Potts, Bell (sin bin 77), West (sin bin 73), Stanwix. Subs used: Suluga-Fagalilo, Larder, Shaw

Referee: Colin Davison (Durham Society)
Report: Ian Kelly

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Tony Ross

Player of the Match

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Key moments

Try Callum Whitehead scores for Hartlepool Rovers
Penalty Dazz Fawcett kicks a penalty for Hartlepool Rovers

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80:00 Player of the Match
Tony Ross is awarded player of the match for Hartlepool Rovers
62:00 Yellow Card
Matty Stevenson is yellow carded for Hartlepool Rovers
53:00 Yellow Card
Callum Whitehead is yellow carded for Hartlepool Rovers
40:00 Sub On
Ryan Clayton is substituted on for Hartlepool Rovers
40:00 Sub On
Graham Coutts is substituted on for Hartlepool Rovers
40:00 Sub On
Ste Cotson is substituted on for Hartlepool Rovers
End of period 1
39:59 Penalty 8 - 0
Dazz Fawcett kicks a penalty for Hartlepool Rovers
25:00 Missed Conversion
Dazz Fawcett misses a conversion for Hartlepool Rovers
25:00 Try 5 - 0
Callum Whitehead scores for Hartlepool Rovers
8:00 Missed Penalty
Dazz Fawcett misses a penalty for Hartlepool Rovers
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Hartlepool Rovers
  • Barnard Castle
  • 0
  • Callum Whitehead Try 25:00'
  • Dazz Fawcett Penalty 39:59'
  • Ryan Clayton Sub On 40:00'
  • Graham Coutts Sub On 40:00'
  • Ste Cotson Sub On 40:00'
  • Callum Whitehead Yellow Card 53:00'
  • Matty Stevenson Yellow Card 62:00'

Team selection

Pelser, Tazz Pelser, Tazz
Railton, Stevie Railton, Stevie
Barnfield, Steven Barnfield, Steven
Gunn, Jack Gunn, Jack
Smith, Adam Smith, Adam
Fawcett , Dazz Fawcett , Dazz
Stevenson, Matty Stevenson, Matty
Whitehead, Callum Whitehead, Callum
Wood, Liam Wood, Liam
Church, Tyrone Church, Tyrone
Little, joseph Little, joseph
ocallaghan, paddy ocallaghan, paddy
Lloyd, Billy Lloyd, Billy
Buttery, Scott Buttery, Scott
Ross, Tony Ross, Tony

League round up

League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Consett 26 111
2. Durham City 26 111
3. South Shields Westoe 26 108
4. Barnard Castle 25 103
5. Horden and Peterlee 26 71
6. Gateshead 24 60
7. Hartlepool Rovers 26 57

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