Tynedale unable to shake off the away day blues
Published at 07:37, Wednesday, 02 October 2013
CAN anyone remember as far back as January 5 this year? It should be ringed in red on the calendar with perhaps a few stars thrown in.
For that was the last time Tynedale 1st XV won away from home.
The 19-9 victory at Sedgley Park – subsequently relegated – has been followed by nine defeats on the bounce.
That 25-24 win over Blaydon masks the fact that only bottom of the table Hull Ionians have conceded more points than Tynedale in the first three games of the season.
A more worrying trend is Tynedale’s poor second half displays this term, which has seen them score a meagre 21 points, whilst conceding 75.
Tynedale travelled south in good heart, buoyed by that win over Blaydon, and aware that opponents Old Albanians had lost both their opening fixtures.
Tynedale were holding their own at the interval against the Albanians on a cloudy but dry day in Hertfordshire.
They were just 7-5 behind, despite their front row forward jinx striking with just five minutes gone.
Tynedale now have five first team props out of action, requiring the appearance of the veteran Douglas Jupp for a rare outing.
Also missing was skipper Jack Harrison, who broke a finger against Blaydon, along with the man of the match from that game, Grant Beasley.
With all action Stuart Johnson also absent from the back row, the pack was always up against it, despite a man of the match performance from lock Andy Buist.
Tynedale looked strong in the back division, with Sep Visser at full back, and a start at centre for the exciting youngster Craig Willis.
The early disruption to the front row, with Sam White coming on, gave the Albanians an early edge , and they opened the scoring on 14 minutes when good driving brought a try for lock Billy Johnson, the Albanians skipper.
Full back Lawrence Rayner added the extras.
Tynedale fly half Gavin Beasley had the chance to reduce the arrears four minutes later with a penalty for not rolling away, but his long distance effort was awry.
Tynedale did get off the mark on 28 minutes, when a series of drives, in which number eight Harrison Collins was prominent, ended with the ball going out to winger Dan Rundle, who crossed wide out.
Beasley failed with the kick, but the gap was down to two points, and that was the way it stayed until half time.
The Albanians started the second half superbly, a good run by winger Chris May leading to a fine try for centre Johannes Lombaard for Rayner to convert with just two minutes gone.
Hope flared for Tynedale soon after, when Albanians skipper Hughes was sent to the sin bin for pulling down a maul.
However, they were unable to make their extra man count, the closest they came being a well struck penalty attempt by Beasley which swerved wide.
Once restored to full strength, Albanians piled on the pressure again, and hooker Brett McNamee forced his way over wide out on the right.
Rayner landed the difficult kick to put the home said 21-5 ahead with 57 minutes gone.
Tynedale had a let off soon after when they conceded a penalty which found touch close to the line.
From the line out, they forced their way over the line, but were unable to ground the ball.
They knocked on at the resultant scrum, and Tynedale breathed again.
Albanians were soon knocking at the door again though, and opted for a penalty scrum when Tynedale infringed – only for Tynedale hooker George McGuigan to win the strike against the head.
It couldn’t last though and winger Jimmy Speirs put the match beyond doubt by darting over on the right for the bonus point try, on 65 minutes. Rayner missed the kick, but was successful with a penalty six minutes later after an incident which saw Buist yellow carded for coming in from the side.
That put Tynedale 29-5 adrift, but they made a determined effort not the return from the South empty handed.
Winger Hamish Smales showed his class by forcing his way over wide out with three minutes left, but the conversion attempt was missed by Willis, who switched to fly half when Beasley was replaced by Christian Borthwick.
And two minutes later, Visser was robbed of a try when he produced a beautiful kick over the defence – only for Chris Harris to beat him to the touchdown under the posts!
Willis landed the simple conversion to make it 29-17, and put Tynedale within sight of a losing bonus point.
However, it was not to be, and Tynedale’s away day woes continued.
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This week in... 1950Friday, December 15, 1950....
THREE watercolour paintings donated by Queen Mary were auctioned off to raise money for a new Darby and Joan club in Hexham.
A site had already been bought, but a further £6,000 was needed to run the club for the elderly.
The auction, opened by Viscountess Allendale, saw the paintings raise over £8 for the fund.