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Newton Aycliffe 19 Barnard Castle 2nds 5

After two good wins in the Durham County Junior League, Newton Aycliffe Rugby club hosted Barnard Castle in another league game. The game was notable for the first appearance of the season of Darryl Pettit.

The early exchanges of the match were forward dominated, with Barnard Castle having the edge in the scrums, but Aycliffe, with Alan Layfield jumping at the front, on top in the lineouts. Aycliffe were dominant in territory without having a large amount of good ball. The home team took the lead when Andy Newman was on the shoulder of Gareth Parsonage to score under the posts; Parsonage added the conversion. With Barnard Castle unable to get out of the half, the lead was not threatened and Bob Malvern was unlucky to have a try disallowed near the end of the half. The score of 7 0 at the break meant that the game was far from settled.

With Aycliffe now performing better in the scrums, their territorial dominance was, if anything, even greater after the break. When the visitors won a defensive scrum, Paul Soakell pounced on the fullback as he attempted to kick, stealing the ball and scoring the try. Another try was added by Newman from distance, with Parsonage again converting. With the game seemingly lost, Barnard Castle managed to get an attack together and scored a try from a tap penalty. Aycliffe did not let them get another chance and were able to make changes, debutant Neil Cochrane looking particularly promising in the centre, No more scores were forthcoming and Aycliffe recorded a hard fought win by 19 points to 5.

Anyone who would like to play at Aycliffe, of whatever standard, is welcome to attend training on Tuesdays at Greenfield School at 7:30pm and Thursdays at Moore Lane at 7pm. On 1st March, Aycliffe host Winlaton Vulcans in a friendly, kick-off 3pm, up-to-date information can be found on the website at

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