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Hartlepool Rovers
L Wood, S Railton
R Foreman
R Foreman
Sat 10 Mar 15:00 - Northern Division - Durham & Northumberland 1 Full time

Hartlepool Rovers 15 Consett 36

Hartlepool Rovers slumped to another heavy defeat at the New Friarage on Saturday, going down 36-15 to promotion-chasing Consett.

The Whites conceded a 31-0 half time lead to leave themselves with the proverbial mountain to climb-they ‘won’ the second half 15-5 but didn’t do enough to claim a try-scoring bonus point.

Rovers were unrecognisable from the side that had put in an excellent display in winning 18-7 at Gateshead last time out and had three players sent to the sin bin inside four minutes late in the first half that were followed by two further tries for Consett before the interval.

Playing for a spell with only 12 men isn’t clever and Rovers then had to play the final 13 minutes of the match with 14 men after Danny Cookland was sent off.

Consett took an eighth minute lead when Dan Patchcott was first to a Nick Cook kick to the line, Cook converting.

Forward pressure in the home 22 eventually told with prop Graison Dale barging over from close range for a 12-0 lead that stayed unchanged after Ryan Foreman missed a 34 metre penalty after 24 minutes.

A Consett steal at a Rovers’ lineout on 28 minutes saw Jonathan Hames break from the set piece to cross and the lead had increased to 17-0.

Yellow cards for Michael Railton, Liam Wood and skipper Callum Whitehead in quick succession wasn’t going to help Rovers’ cause and Consett made their numerical advantage count with two converted tries before half time.

Jack Clark touched down from a five metre scrum and Dale then got a second try with Cook’s successful conversions making the half time score 31-0 to Consett.

Foreman kicked a good 38 metre penalty two minutes into the second half to get his side off the mark only for Consett to then fashion a two man overlap, Henry Race squeezing in at the left hand corner flag after 48 minutes.

Trailing 36-0, the Friaragemen pulled seven points back when Wood scored in the Steetley Corner on 53 minutes after inter-play by Alex Rochester and Kevin Maguire and Foreman slotted the touchline conversion.

Rovers then fluffed two clear chances near the Consett line and were then reduced to 14 men on 67 minutes with Cookland’s red card.

The White Shirts hammered away at the away line from then on forcing Consett to concede a succession of penalties, one of which saw Dale receive a yellow card.

A consolation try came Rovers’ way two minutes into added time when Steven Railton scored in the Railway Corner to cut the deficit to 36-15.

Rovers now have a free week before hitting the road to visit Stockton and Medicals in successive weeks.

Rovers: M Railton (sin bin 33), Rochester, S Railton, Gunn, Coutts, Foreman, M Stephenson, S Smith, Maguire, Lloyd, Langley, Little, Wood (sin bin 34), Church, Whitehead (c)(sin bin 37). Subs used: Cookland (sent off 67), Burnside, Mulvihill

Consett: Race, Patchcott, Herdman, H Petch, Patchcott, Cook, Trott, Sadler (c), C Petch, Dale (sin bin 71), Gray, Hames, Tetley, Sotheran, Clark. Subs used: McQueen, Jackson, Lonsdale

Referee: Tom Boyle (Yorkshire Society)

Quilter Kids First Champions winner – November: Hinckley RFC

Key moments

Penalty Ryan Foreman kicks a penalty for Hartlepool Rovers
Try Liam Wood scores for Hartlepool Rovers
Conversion Ryan Foreman kicks a conversion for Hartlepool Rovers
Try Stevie Railton scores for Hartlepool Rovers


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79:00 Try 15 - 0
Stevie Railton scores for Hartlepool Rovers
79:00 Missed Conversion
Ryan Foreman misses a conversion for Hartlepool Rovers
67:00 Red Card
Danny Cookland is sent off for Hartlepool Rovers
53:00 Try 8 - 0
Liam Wood scores for Hartlepool Rovers
53:00 Conversion 10 - 0
Ryan Foreman kicks a conversion for Hartlepool Rovers
42:00 Penalty 3 - 0
Ryan Foreman kicks a penalty for Hartlepool Rovers
40:00 Sub On
Danny Cookland is substituted on for Hartlepool Rovers
40:00 Sub On
Mark Burnside is substituted on for Hartlepool Rovers
End of period 1
37:00 Yellow Card
Callum Whitehead is yellow carded for Hartlepool Rovers
34:00 Yellow Card
Liam Wood is yellow carded for Hartlepool Rovers
33:00 Yellow Card
Michael Railton is yellow carded for Hartlepool Rovers
24:00 Missed Penalty
Ryan Foreman misses a penalty for Hartlepool Rovers
4:00 Sub On
Ian Mulvihill is substituted on for Hartlepool Rovers
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Hartlepool Rovers
  • Consett
  • 0
  • Ian Mulvihill Sub On 4:00'
  • Michael Railton Yellow Card 33:00'
  • Liam Wood Yellow Card 34:00'
  • Callum Whitehead Yellow Card 37:00'
  • Mark Burnside Sub On 40:00'
  • Danny Cookland Sub On 40:00'
  • Ryan Foreman Penalty 42:00'
  • Liam Wood Try 53:00'
  • Ryan Foreman Conversion 53:00'
  • Danny Cookland Red Card 67:00'
  • Stevie Railton Try 79:00'

Team selection

Railton, Michael Railton, Michael
Coutts, Graham Coutts, Graham
Railton, Stevie Railton, Stevie
Gunn, Jack Gunn, Jack
Stevenson, Matty Stevenson, Matty
Foreman, Ryan Foreman, Ryan
Pelser, Tazz Pelser, Tazz
Whitehead, Callum Whitehead, Callum
Church, Tyrone Church, Tyrone
Wood, Liam Wood, Liam
Little, joseph Little, joseph
Langley, Dylan Langley, Dylan
Lloyd, Billy Lloyd, Billy
Mcquire, Squid Mcquire, Squid
Smith, Steven Smith, Steven

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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