Hartlepool Rovers 19 Guisborough 48
Hartlepool Rovers blew the chance to climb above Guisborough in the table after this heavy 48-19 defeat.
The Whites trailed Guisborough by a place and a point in Durham Northumberland One but turned in a woeful display at the New Friarage against opponents who had been thrashed 35-0 at Stockton in their last match.
Rovers simply weren’t good enough and got exactly what their performance warranted.
Daz Fawcett had a fourth minute penalty but his 35 metre kick was badly struck and Guisborough scored their first try after 14 minutes when James Clark crossed in the right hand corned and also converted.
The lead was doubled on 27 minutes when Mark Ferguson picked off a Fawcett kick and ran home from halfway, Clark converting.
Adam Smith pulled a try back for Rovers on the half hour mark when he squeezed in at the Steetley Corner after good approach play by Callum Whitehead and Fawcett who kicked an excellent touchline conversion.
Clark was then allowed to break from just inside the Rovers’ half after a missed tackle and Liam Corcoran finished off the break for a 19-7 half time lead for the visitors.
The Friaragemen looked to have been handed a great chance to fightback when Sam Whyman was sent off early in the second half for a spear tackle on Chrissy Harrison who was later forced off the pitch.
Guisborough extended their lead to 26-7 when Clark kicked over the Rovers’ cover and Jack Robinson ran on to pick up and easily score, Clark adding the extra points.
Six minutes later, the Priorymen made it 33-7 when gaps appeared in the backline and number eight Rob Leggott scored in the Railway Corner, Clark again converting well from the touchline.
Steven Railton then had little space to use when he received the ball from Steven Barnfield but he broke clear and had the strength to make it to the line from 50 metres out to cut the lead to 33-12.
Within six minutes, the Tykes cancelled this score out when Phil Shields hit the line and also went in at the Railway Corner and the lead was now 38-12.
Corcoran went on to score his second try after 73 minutes to belie Guisborough having only 13 men, Clark’s conversion making the lead 45-12.
The White Shirts got a consolation try with two minutes to go when Guisborough illegally halted a drive to their line, the automatic conversion cutting the deficit to 45-19.
The closing seconds saw Clark run the clock down by kicking a 38 metre penalty for a 48-19 win for his team.
Rovers travel to play Gateshead on Saturday.
Rovers: Pelser, A Smith, S Barnfield, Gunn, C Harrison, Fawcett, Stephenson, Pinchen, Cookland, Lloyd, Langley (sin bin 44), Little, Maguire, Wood, Whitehead (c). Subs used: M Railton, S Railton, Burnside
Guisborough: Shields, Suthers, Robinson, Clark, Ferguson, Whyman (sent off 44), Conway, Berriman, Taggart, Hodgson, Henderson, Cahill, Corcoran, Muir (sin bin 72), Leggott (c). Subs used: Fincken-Hayes, Towers, Ruff
Referee: Andrew Scott (Durham Society)
Report: Ian Kelly