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Bishop Aucklands 2nd. XV turned out a bit of a mixed bag as they welcomed a number of players from neighbouring clubs to make up their numbers against Novocastrians from Newcastle. It took Bishop some time to develop as an attacking force but their determination in defence was obvious from the start. Novos subjected the home side to some strong early pressure but the Bishop pack defended their line with some vigorous tackling, eventually forcing the visitors to settle for a penalty in return for their efforts.

Bishop were gradually beginning to come together as a team. McIvor was providing some excellent ball from the lineouts and new scrum half Neil Tredwell was working hard to get his backs moving but on several occasions Bishops inability to catch simple passes brought promising moves to a premature end. Not so with Novos. Having failed to drive through the middle they changed their tactics. Some determined running and a readiness to move the ball across field helped, it has to be said, by some woeful Bishop tackling soon brought results. A breakout down the wing quickly exposed Bishops lack of pace in defence and two converted tries took the visitors 17 points ahead and the writing was on the wall. Buglass closed off the half by kicking a penalty for Bishop.

Bishop had worked hard to get into the match but too many basic errors and an increasingly obvious lack of fitness had stymied any real success. Novos, on the other hand, were beginning to enjoy the rewards of simple, direct rugby played well.

The second half saw Novos continue where they had left off and with largely the same results. In spite of some heroic defence close to their line Bishop simply could not plug the gaps. Five tries and two conversions were conceded as the visitors threatened to score at will as Bishop were left to ponder on how a game to which they had contributed so much left them with so little.

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