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Hartlepool Rovers
L Wood
R Foreman
Sat 1 Sep 15:00 - Northern Division - Durham/ Northumberland Division one Full time

Northern 48 Hartlepool Rovers 8

Hartlepool Rovers were brought crashing down to Earth after this 48-8 trouncing at the hands of Northern on Saturday.

The Whites weren’t even a pale shadow of the team that had hammered Horden and Peterlee 57-15 the previous week, things were that bad.

As feared in the run up to the trip to McCracken Park, there was, after all, an ‘After the Lord Mayor’s Show’ display and it’s hard to put a finger on why?

Granted Northern are a good team, especially in the back row and centres but, the deficit having only been 10-8 at half time, they weren’t that good.

Rovers took a 3-0 lead after eight minutes with a 42 metre penalty from Ryan Foreman but Northern hit back with a move that started on their own 22 metre line, Harrison Clark the scorer and Tom Burt then crossed from close range.

Liam Wood pulled five points back on 33 minutes with a determined run down the right wing for that interval score of 10-8.

The Tynesiders hit Rovers hard at the start of the second half and Liam Mullick scored, Ali Gray converted that try and then scored one of his own taking advantage of some poor defending and 10-8 had become 22-8 after 44 minutes.

The Friaragemen simply had to score next to get back into the game but conceded again on 50 minutes, prop Sam Wilson breaking the line to touchdown and it was 27-8.

It was becoming quite processional in so far as Northern were concerned and Clark ran, chipped and retook the ball to score after 56 minutes, Gray’s conversion making it 34-8.

Gray went in again on the hour mark, the try being awarded despite the referee’s attention being taken up by a brawl on the Rovers’ 22. After a delay he was able to kick the conversion from in front and the lead was now 41-8.

After a brief spell of Rovers’ pressure, Northern finished off the scoring when Nathan Whitworth burst through the defensive line, Gray again converting.

The White Shirts host Medicals at the New Friarage on Saturday, a game they dare not lose.

Northern: Matthews, C Whitworth, N Whitworth, Ellis, Tait, Clark (sin bin 62), Gray, Wilson, Mullick, Hirst, Kell, White (c)(sin bin 25), Annis, Taylor, Burt. Subs used: Smallwood, Ure, Nyamega

Rovers: Foreman, Rochester, Gunn, Burnside, Harrison, Evens, Barnfield, S Smith, N Stead, Pinchen, Langley, Little, O’Callaghan, Wood, Dring (c). Subs used: Flounders, Austwicke (sin bin 62), Charters

Referee: Ricky Handa (Northumberland Society)

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Key moments

Penalty Ryan Foreman kicks a penalty for Hartlepool Rovers
Try Liam Wood scores for Hartlepool Rovers


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62:00 Yellow Card
Liam Austwicke is yellow carded for Hartlepool Rovers
40:00 Sub On
Liam Austwicke is substituted on for Hartlepool Rovers
40:00 Sub On
Ian Flounders is substituted on for Hartlepool Rovers
40:00 Sub On
Danny Charters is substituted on for Hartlepool Rovers
End of period 1
33:00 Missed Conversion
Liam Wood misses a conversion for Hartlepool Rovers
33:00 Try 0 - 8
Liam Wood scores for Hartlepool Rovers
8:00 Penalty 0 - 3
Ryan Foreman kicks a penalty for Hartlepool Rovers
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Northern
  • Hartlepool Rovers
  • 0
  • Ryan Foreman Penalty 8:00'
  • Liam Wood Try 33:00'
  • Liam Austwicke Sub On 40:00'
  • Ian Flounders Sub On 40:00'
  • Danny Charters Sub On 40:00'
  • Liam Austwicke Yellow Card 62:00'

Team selection

Foreman, Ryan Foreman, Ryan
Harrison, Chrissy Harrison, Chrissy
Burnside, Mark Burnside, Mark
Gunn, Jack Gunn, Jack
Rochester, Alex Rochester, Alex
Evens, James Evens, James
Barnfield, Steven Barnfield, Steven
Dring, Andrew Dring, Andrew
Wood, Liam Wood, Liam
OCallaghan, Patrick OCallaghan, Patrick
Little, joseph Little, joseph
Langley, Dylan Langley, Dylan
Pinchen, Ian Pinchen, Ian
Smith, Steven Smith, Steven
Stead, Neil Stead, Neil

League round up

Other Durham/ Northumberland Division one results

Horden and Peterlee
West Hartlepool


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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Durham City 19 85
2. Northern 19 85
3. West Hartlepool 19 83
4. Stockton 19 69
5. South Shields Westoe 19 68
6. Novocastrians 19 62
7. Hartlepool Rovers 19 48

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