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Your News Sunderland 20 - Bishop Auckland 2XV 12 inc U11 report

For the first time in many years - Bishop Auckland 2nd XV faced Sunderland 2nd team - their recent encounters being more recently on the receiving end of defeat to their opponent's 3rd team. Things at West Mills are changing rapidly and the development of the 2nd team has shown enough fruit to be able to compete on a level playing field.

Bishop welcomed back Paul Fletcher and John Sayers - their first games since re-signing and returning from injury respectively to bolster the pack in the absence of the unavailable Peter Gallone.

From the offset, Bishops looked solid in the scrum and were carrying well. Within the first 5 minutes, Sunderland were caught over-committed at the breakdown and quick thinking from Brabban allowed hooker Leigh Cox to cross the line.

The wet conditions did not dampen Sunderland's resolve - and they quickly fought back. Realising quickly that BA forwards would prove a tough task - they switched their attentions to the backs where they possessed a significant size advantage. Missed tackles from the backs allowed Sunderland over the line on two occasions, adding a conversion and a penalty to leave the half time score 15-5.

The second half was no different, Sunderland continued to dominate the midfield leaving Bartle little option but to play a restricted game. Despite a series of probing kicks to pressurize Sunderland, continuing problems with lineout meant the pressure was rarely converted allowing Sunderland to counter attack.

It was significant that Bishop Auckland would not lie down under pressure. They have a real sense of belief in the side and that coupled with a fantastic second half performance from the forwards kept Sunderland in reach. Bishop opted to keep it tight and pressurize their opponents half backs. Tucker and Sayers both made turnovers which gave possession inside the 22 but resilient Sunderland defense kept them from crossing. Sunderland added another score when their powerful winger cut inside his man and powered over from 25 yards with the conversion being missed. It was Bishop Auckland who had the last throw of the dice - again, pressure from the forwards led to a hurried pass in the centres which was intercepted by Craig Wregglesworth who ran from inside his own half - showing great pace to score under the posts - and added the conversion. Final Score: Sunderland 2nd XV 20 - Bishop Auckland 2nd XV 12

In summary - a great leap forward for the ever-improving 2nd XV. Bishop's dominance in the pack is creating opportunities but if we are to achieve, we must improve our scoring ratio and set-piece at the lineout. That said - some outstanding performances in the forwards will keep the pressure on the first XV and with the Academy to graduate on-mass in the next 12 month's...things are looking very exciting.

Man of the Match: Chris Marsden. Great scrimmaging display, high carry count and a constant threat in the counter-ruck.

Steve Colwell 11 Oct 11

Match Report U11's Bishop Auckland v Yarm

Bishop 45 - 26 Yarm

Bishop had 9 players to field against Yarm this week in what turned out to be a very exciting match. From the kick off, Bishop looked to have been taking note of the summer training sessions (or the World Cup coverage), Ethan, Jacob and Liam secured the ball in the majority of the scrums leaving Ewan to get it out to Leon and Callum. Quick early tackles from all the players prevented Yarm from getting into their stride with Liam, Jackson and Tom excelling time and time again. Some good runs and big tackles from Ethan gave Yarm some concerns and the team passing was much improved. Jackson and Ewan kicked a "few" well placed balls over the top which worked well allowing the boys to put pressure on. The tries came from Leon - 5, Callum and Sam Windass who will still be smiling now. Cheers Lads.

The final score was Bishop 45 - Yarm 26, and Bishop 14 - Yarm 0.

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