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Bishop Auckland 2nds 3 Newton Aycliffe 24

Newton Aycliffe Rugby Club made the short visit to Bishop Auckland for their latest Durham Junior League game. Despite the unavailability of a number of first choice players, Aycliffe were able to field a squad of 19 and were able to lend players to Bishop who were short.

The weather was wet and windy, and was to play a major factor in the way the game panned out. Aycliffe began with the majority of possession, but the spirited Bishop pack, combined with poor handling in the conditions, meant that they could not get out of their half. Eventually, the backs managed to make enough space for Neil Cochrane to score a try. Straight away, Bishop were awarded a penalty which was kicked by ex-Aycliffe man Dave Gibson. The rest of the have degenerated into a dour forward battle, with neither side getting any quality ball. The half ended 5 3 to Aycliffe.

With the wind behind, Aycliffe were able to gain more territory in the second half. Cochrane adding a second try from the kick off, when Bishop tried to run the ball out of defence and lost the ball. Another Bishop error led to Neil Morgan touching down a loose ball for a try that was converted by Luke Tinkler. Numerous Aycliffe chances went begging through dropped balls and forward passes before Bob Malvern powered over from close range. Tinkler again converted. The match ended 24 3 to Aycliffe, but it was not a satisfying victory. Bishop were pleased to have kept the deficit down and battled throughout the match. The result leaves Aycliffe still in with a chance of the league title and the final game of the season at Darlington Mowden Park could be the decider.

Anyone who would like to play at Aycliffe, of whatever standard, is welcome to attend training on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Moore Lane at 7pm. On 15th March, Aycliffe visit Sunderland 3rds, kick-off time 3pm, up-to-date information can be found on the website at

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