Smales injury blow for Tynedale
Published at 14:22, Friday, 11 October 2013
TYNEDALE have suffered another hammer blow on the injury front, with the news that free-scoring winger Hamish Smales will be out for at least a month after breaking his jaw in a university game.
And with prop Jonny Williams and flanker Grant Beasley out for three months after undergoing surgery, the future is looking bleak for Tynedale.
A win at home to Worthing Raiders is a must tomorrow as Tynedale endure their worst-ever start to a league campaign.
They have managed only one win in five games – and that by just a single point – and are the only team in the league yet to claim a bonus point.
It’s left them deep in relegation trouble, second from the bottom with only newly promoted Hull Ionians below them.
However, there were encouraging signs in the defeat at Blackheath, with the depleted pack holding its own, and a useful-looking looking half back pairing of youngsters Greg Illingworth at scrum half and Craig Willis at stand-off showing much promise.
Worthing are finding life tough in National One after securing promotion with an injury time try at Stourbridge in May in the National Two play-off final.
Like Tynedale, they have lost four of their five matches this term, the solitary bright spot being a remarkable 50-45 victory at Fylde a fortnight ago, where they scored four tries in a dominant 10 minute spell at the start of the second half.
All their games have been high scoring affairs with a combined total of 338 points. They have scored 16 away tries, and Tynedale should note that 12 of these came in the second half, while they have the worst defence in the league having conceded 16 away tries in three games.
Ahead of their 700-mile round trip to Corbridge, they lost 43-24 at home to high-flying Loughborough Students last Saturday, giving themselves a mountain to climb after leaking four tries in the first 25 minutes.
Fans should note that the game kicks off at 2.30pm.
Ponteland hope to return to winning ways when they welcome Darlington in Durham and Northumberland One, while Prudhoe and Stocksfield's pursuit of a first win of the season in DN2 sees them welcome neighbouring Ryton.
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This week in... 1949Friday, December 9, 1949...
A workman was buried alive while digging a drain in the Prudhoe Urban Council's housing estate at Oaklands.
Workmates rushed to the aid of 50-year-old Richard Barclay, of Stocksfield, when the wall of the trench he was digging collapsed.
They managed to dig his head and shoulders free before finally pulling him from the earth. He was found to be suffering from shock and bruising.