Silverware for Colts
Published at 09:11, Monday, 07 May 2012
UNLIKE their senior colleagues, the youngsters at Tynedale Colts overcame the challenge of Percy Park to lift the Northumberland Cup.
Tynedale Colts 34Percy Park Colts 32
While Tynedale Raiders lost out to Park’s first team in the final of the Northumberland Senior Cup, the Colts scraped through at the weekend to lift the Northumberland Plate.
The Corbridge boys ended a long slog of a season with a hard fought victory, particularly after falling behind early on. Park’s Atkinson was allowed to dart through a gap and, despite being tackled short of the line, the lighter Tyne forwards were driven back for an instant unconverted try.
Shortly afterwards, Tyne conceded again near the posts with a neatly worked dart up the blindside, which was again unconverted.
Park, clearly on top at this stage, were further rewarded with a neatly struck Gillespie penalty and Tyne were shellshocked.
The early setbacks spurred them into action and they started to play with purpose and, after good work by the pack, their powerful backs broke the gainline to release Louis Frankland who shrugged off would be tacklers to crash over near the posts. Andy Chard converted.
Tyne’s pack, honed by months of combat over the Border, hammered into ruck and maul creating quick ball for the backs to punch up the guts of the Park midfield.
The ball was again quickly recycled and then spilled by Park, allowing Chard to put over the resulting penalty.
Nick Cairns was next on the scoreboard after a thundering run up and through the Park defence.
Tyne were now in full control and they went through the phases with Dan Nixon diving over close to the posts, Chard converting.
After a breakneck first half, Tyne continued in the ascendancy after the break and the massive Jack Outson dived over to increase the lead, added to again by Chard.
Cairns was next to score after a whole team effort through the phases, with Chard’s conversion putting Tyne in control at 34-18.
It looked like the game was over but it was very much back on again when Tyne conceded two quick tries in the same fashion as the first half with Park working hard through their forwards.
Tynedale had reinforced at half time by introducing heavyweights Barron and White, who collectively weigh 36 stone, and they hammered into the tiring Park players and, despite having Ed Craney being sent to the naughty step, Tyne’s pack were now clearly the stronger.
Despite being penalised repeatedly for early pushing and boring in, Tyne rose above this to allow their backs to break out wide right with only desperate tackling stopping another Cairns breakout.
Tyne finished the game camped in Park’s half and greeted the final whistle with glee as they clinched the two point victory.
On a sadder note, coaches Neil Frankland, Micky Outson and the effervescent Paul Curry are all stepping aside this season with the annual Jed Sevens tomorrow being their swansong.
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