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Bishop Auckland club round up
Sat 23 Feb Ashington 22-22 Bishop 1st (D)

Bishop Auckland 1st team travelled the long way to Ashington for a game crucial to the securing of the League title.

The journey proved to be very taxing in many ways. Ashington are great hosts to visiting clubs and great thanks and appreciation is given to the welcome for the club officials and the hospitality offered both before and after the game.

That hospitality stops when the referee sets the game in motion! Ashington, as always, fielded a very physical team with a clear game plan. They played close to the ruck, big men running hard and big driving mauls. This is not the main feature of Bishop Auckland's play and Ashington took a well deserved half time lead.

As has been noted before, this Bishop Auckland team has a great deal of grit, determination and fight in it, a reflection of the coaches and the belief that Steven and Mark instil into the players. The second half saw a recovery and this grit came to the fore and the team fought and secured a hard won draw.

The cause was not helped by very "different" interpretations of the laws and captain Danny Ross was very grateful for the final whistle and the two points that keeps Bishop Auckland top of the league.

We will take this as another step along the road and learn the lessons. Bishop Auckland and the players will be stronger for the experience.
Julian Dowson
Bishop U17 in v Guisborough
Sat 23 Feb Ashington 22-22 Bishop 1st (D)

Team : D.Lawson , C.Howe , J.Scrivener , L.Stephen , L.Handley , J.Edmonds ,
D. Wood , L.Keirl , J. Eland , J. Warren , J.Pagan , L.Barker , N. Waterhouse , K.Fish , R.Hull , O. Gray , L. Boyek , R.Jary , A Caayon

Guisborough started the match well and pressurised the Bishop Auckland team, keeping them pinned back in their own 22m area. The pressure told and a try was scored in the first 5mins of the game. The game now became an arm wrestle, with Guisborough having the advantage in possession, but territory being more equal.

Eventually the Bishop's gained good field position and put pressure on the Guisborough line. However Guisborough managed to clear the danger. From the long clearance, Guisborough gained possession and scored another good try in the corner.

The Two Blues responded well and again built pressure in the Guisborough 22m area and this time the pressure allowed Keirl to crash over for a try. Fish slotted over the resultant conversion.

The second half started with the Bishop's again pressurising the Guisborough line, but the defence was strong and scoring opportunities few and far between. After riding an early storm, Guisborough were now enjoying the bulk of possession and territory, and only strong resolute defence held them down to two tries.

Again the Bishop Auckland boys responded well, and generated periods of pressure on the Guisborough side. However the Guisborough defence held firm.

Full Time Guisborough 22 : Bishop Auckland 7

Bishop Auckland Man of Match : R.Jary

A match full of effort and endeavor from the team. Congratulations to Guisborough on a fine performance and victory.

Scott WaterhouseScott Waterhouse

Ladies News
Sunday will see several of the ladies joining others from across the county for the Ladies training session at Tynedale RFC. This session will encompass both contact & non-contact players.

This leads nicely into the long anticipated match against Houghton Hornets, Monday 4th March.

The Ladies have braved the cold and sticky conditions following the uninvited, extended Christmas break. And with the arrival of new coaches, there has been an increase in confidence, and greater self-belief. The mud filled antics of the last training session see the Ladies hungry to move forward and meet Monday’s game head on.

ALLEZ LES BLEUES!

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