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Bishop Auckland U14s 34 - Barnard Castle U14's 12

Bishop was at home on a mild October morning:

The team lined up as follows:

Forwards Jordie Barkus, George Tindle, Will Bowden, Chris Cruddace, Liam O'Brian, Connor Witton, Nathan Mounter, Adam Brunskill.

Backs Seb Hole, Jack Hamilton, Luke Miller, Dom Vasey, Josh Love, Ben Curran, Bradley Wilson Dando

Subs: Ed Stringer, Craig Jackson, Brandon Fieldson, Mathew Goundry.

Bishop were keen to get things back on track following last weeks defeat. The first 10 minutes sees an even contest, both teams eager to gain possession. A long kick by Barney is taken well by Bradley Wilson Dando who makes 20 yards before being tackled. Jordie Barkus picks and drives, magnificently supported by the other forwards. The ball is set back for scrum half Seb Hole who is then driven over the line by the pack, try Bishop. This acts as the catalyst to bring Bishop to life. Five phases of excellent rugby present the ball to Liam O'Brian, offloading to Barkus who in turn pops up the ball for Chris Cruddace to make 10 yards. The ruck is quickly recycled and the ball lashed out to Wilson Dando for a try in the corner. The forwards are now dominant, Connor Witton covering every inch of the pitch with able support from his back row partners. Another ruck in the Barney 22 is fed through several sets of hands before stand off Jack Hamilton crashes over for the third try. Much too their credit Barney stage a comeback in the final minutes of the half. Solid defence from Bishop, with a notable tackle from Ben Curran keep the visitors temporarily at bay, but the pressure tells and Barney end the half with a converted try.

Half Time: Bishop Auckland 15 - Barnard Castle 7

Substitutions at half time give a run out for Craig Jackson, Mathew Goundry and debutant Ed Stringer.

The second half kicks off and Barney are in no mood to roll over in this match. They begin to spread the ball wide and forge their way into the Bishop 22. A solid scrum is kicked to touch and the danger is over. The lineout is won by Barney and the ball is again swiftly passed along the line but a fine interception by Hamilton gifts a try to Bishop. From the re-start a superb take and run from Luke Miller advances the ball a full 60 yards up field and with fellow flier Josh Love in support they fed the ball out to Hole for a well deserved try. Again Barney are not finished just yet. They find a new lease of life and Bishop struggle to keep pace with the game. Stoic defence from the whole team manage to keep the opposition at bay. The pace of the game is relentless and Barney come back again, picking and driving through 4 phases before crossing the line for their second try.

Bishop pick their game up for the last ten minutes and the backs have a chance to show their stuff with Love weaving his way through the opposition to nip the ball out to Brunskill for the last score of the game.

Full Time: Bishop Auckland 34 - Barnard Castle 12

In summary, another win for Bishop but they made hard work of it. In fairness Barney did not let their heads drop and rallied very well in the second half. In previous seasons this game would have brought a much closer result, but the U14's continue to grow as a team and today's game was a testament to the continued progress of the whole team. Training continues, as ever, on a Wednesday evening and all players are encouraged to attend.

MOTM Forwards: Connor Witton

MOTM Backs: Jack Hamilton

Michael Cruddace 31 Oct 11

U10's Travel to STOCKTON RC for THE SHAPING THE GAME FESTIVAL

Sunday saw the under 10's travel to Stockton RC for the Shaping the Game Festival. The festival was to promote fair play and enjoyment in the game of rugby at such a young age.

The Bishop team had five games to play in the festival, they were hoping to continue their good run and started their first match against Durham City Eagles as they had left off, strong, full of enthusism and all eager to put into practise what they had been learning during the training sessions. With the first game usually a wake up game under their bellts they were feeling confident maybe too confident!!

However as the games went on Bishop seemed to go from strength to strength improving all the time in both attack and defence, then a wake up call, a srong game against Houghton soon had Bishop down to earth, a few minor injuries and a very narrow defeat was enough for their heads to go down. Not all lost a stern team talk from coach Peter soon had the players back on their feet and ready to play again. Each player during the day gave their all and showed how much the team have improved.

With three wins, two very narrow defeats and over 12 teams taking part in the Under 10's age group coach Peter explained they should not dwell on the defeats and the negatives think about and be proud of the 16 tries the team scored not the 4 they conceeded, move on and take into their next fixtures how well they played at the festval.

During the matches tries came from Luke, Will, Daniel and James, a good experience for the whole team who all received a well deserving commemrative medal for their oustanding performances.

WELL DONE : LUKE, WILL, JAMES, LIAM, JACK, DANIEL, and NATHAN

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: WILL BUSHBY for excellent play both in defence and attack.

A huge thank you to all the players and families that travelled.

See you all on Wednesday for training 6pm.

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