10:29am Monday 7th October 2013
By Tim Wellock
A CROWD of 750, more than twice the average for National Two North, saw Darlington Mowden Park run in 14 tries in an 86-7 win against Dudley Kingswinford at The Northern Echo Arena.
Full back Henry Robinson stretched his lead as the division’s top try-scorer, reaching nine in five games with another brace. But skipper Cameron Mitchell led the way with a hat-trick as Mowden moved up to fourth place.
After a terrible run of injuries and an exodus of their best players, Dudley couldn’t compete and winger Tom Kill scored the first try after six minutes.
New hooker Ross White, who later switched to flanker, was man of the match, while Gavin Painter pulled the strings well from fly half and converted four of the eight first-half tries for a 48-0 lead.
Kill scored his second before making way for Shaun McCartney, who also touched down, and the other scorers were scrum half Max Connon, centre Chris Peace, flanker Rory Duff, Painter, flanker Jack Allcock and White.
Robinson converted the last two.
Blaydon broke their duck at home to previously unbeaten Coventry in National One, winning 21-16. Gavin Jones had an impact in his first start of the season in the second row, while Jason Smithson and Chris Wearmouth also shone and Ben Morris had a good first half on his return at open side.
Blaydon struck quickly with winger Sean Brown making an inside break from a scrum just inside his own half.
He was stopped just short but when the ball came back the other winger, Tom Jeffery, burst through to score.
Two kickable penalties were kicked to the corner to no avail and Coventry landed three to lead 9-7 shortly after half-time.
Blaydon gained in confidence from a sustained spell in the visitors’ 22 and when a penalty was awarded under the posts scrum half Jonny Burn took it quickly and Smithson scored.
Wearmouth finished off a series of pick-and-drives and Andrew Baggett’s third conversion made the game safe before Coventry broke out to score from their own 22 with two minutes left.
Although lock Andy Buist returned for Tynedale, their growing injury crisis saw them travel to Blackheath with a makeshift side and they did well to stay in the game until the late stages.
After being shunted around by Wharfedale the previous week, they had the edge in the scrums but finally lost 35-23 to slip to next to the bottom.
Billingham have sunk into the bottom half of National Three North after losing 26-3 away to leaders Rossendale, while Westoe conceded ten tries in a 66-26 thrashing at Stockport.
West Hartlepool lost 26-3 at Rochdale in North One East after their coach broke down and the kick off was delayed half an hour.
Rochdale proved a hard side to break down and they also dominated the line-out and the breakdown.
Two strong runs by Sam Miller helped to keep West in the game and it was only 6-3 at half-time.
But Rochdale stretched away with another penalty and a try, then West’s attempts to get back in it resulted in them conceding a 75- metre interception try.
Rochdale scored again from the final move of the game.
Middlesbrough’s woes continued with a 43-8 defeat by Pocklington, the one consolation being that they continued to play with spirit after tailing 33-3 at half-time.
With skipper Rob Bellerby still ruled out by a knee problem, the midfield defence was shaky and Pocklington scored five first-half tries.
Boro’s points came from a penalty by Simon Moore and a try by hooker Isa Warsama.
Stockton won 23-21 at Gosforth, despite having more than 20 players who have already appeared for the first team this season injured or unavailable.
A young set of forwards, including 17-year-old debutant lock Liam Healey, battled to gain an even share of firstphase possession, but the experienced backs made best use of the ball that was won.
Powerful winger Chris Farrell scored two tries, fit again fly half Jeremy Good converted both and kicked three penalties to close out the game.
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