Sat 21
1st XV
A Winter, T Johnson (2), Z Ivey, S Kitching, A Ainley, M Smalley, D Chester, L Pape
L Wilson (2), Z Ivey (3)
Pool Rack Up 9 Tries In Comprehensive Victory

Pool Rack Up 9 Tries In Comprehensive Victory

By Stewart Hind
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Hartlepool broke the 50 point barrier as they made an emphatic return to winning ways on Saturday.

Pool showed their attacking prowess after two minutes when Blyth's clearance kick was expertly fielded by Zac Ivey who then attacked the blind side, When the winger was eventually stopped, scrum half Nathan Taylor then passed to Adam Ainley, who took on his opposite number and fed Keagen Thomas, the centre then missed out Dave Chester giving winger Alex Winter a little space, who expertly finished from 30 metres to score wide out. Lewis Wilson conversion was just wide of the post. 5-0

The home team continued to take the game to Northumbrian's, Michael Smalley caught the kick off and took the ball into contact, Nathan Taylor passed to Jon Carney who made an great break making 50 metres in a scintillating run which saw him accelerate past 2 defenders, the try scoring pass to Zac Ivey was adjudged to be forward and a scrum was awarded to the away side.

After 10 minutes, Pool scored the second try of the afternoon, Adam Ainley was having a fine game and his break saw him get over the gain line and his pass to Zac Ivey saw the speedster make 20 metres. When he was stopped with an excellent cover tackle, the forwards were then on hand and drove the ball on before Tom Johnson picked up from close range to power over the white wash. With Lewis Wilson conversion true, Pool lead 12-0.

Pool were playing some flowing rugby and in one such attack, the ball was moved down the field with Graham Wilson and debutant Max Filby heavily involved, Blyth were hanging on and Pool were awarded an penalty under the post for a ruck infringement and captain Andy Small elected for the scum. The scrum was driven on before Nathan Taylor released the backs with Adam Ainley, Lewis Wilson handling before Zac Ivey finished in the corner. 17-0.

6 minutes before the half time interval, Pool secured the target bonus point, a great move saw Michael Smalley and Alex Winter cause problems in midfield before second row Sam Kitching was on hand to finish in the corner for the 4th try. 22-0.

If the Mayfield Park faithful thought Blyth had thrown in the towel at half time, the players had other ideas and great counter attack by the number 15 saw him leave two players in his wake before passing to the left hand winger who finished well in the left hand corner for their first try. 22-5.

Pool came right back into the game and the next play saw them chalk up a 5th try. Following a powerful scrum five metres out , number 8 Tom Johnson fed Adam Ainley who touched down. 27-5.

The home team were now in complete control and the 6th try soon followed shortly, the forwards drove the ball aggressively with a series of "pick and goes" and Tom Johnson added his second try from close range 32-5 . Lewis Wilson conversion saw scoreboard move onto 34-5.

Michael Smalley added Pool's 7th try and with Zac Ivey on kicking duties after Lewis Wilson had to leave the field with a serious shoulder injury. Zac Ivey kick was converted for Pool to extend the lead to 41-5.

Second half sub Liam Pape was causing problems with his strong running and one such run saw him break free and his pass to Dave Chester saw Chester finish superbly to score under the posts. Zac Ivey added the extra 2 points 48-5.

Pool were now playing an expansive game and on one such attack from their own half , an unfortunate loose pass saw the away number 8 intercept a pass to scamper under the posts.48-10.

Pool broke the 50 point barrier for the first time this season, great work by Jon Osborne and Tom Johnson with destructive drives saw the ball driven forward, the ball was knocked backwards with a strong tackle and Liam Pape reacted first to touch down. Ivey's conversion moved the score to 55-10

In the last minute of play, Blyth scored a third try which was a reward for their endeavours to leave the final score 55-15.

Next week, Pool travel up the A19 to take on Winlaton Vulcans.

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Match date

Sat 21, Sep 2019




Durham/Northumberland Two

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