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Your News Bishop Auckland 15 - Seaton Carew 12

Bishop were at home to Seaton on a cold wet and windy afternoon. Bishop played into the wind in the first half and were put under pressure by Seaton but Bishop's defensive play was solid. Bishop were awarded a couple of penalties and unusually Tombling did not convert them into points. Seaton committed about 5 penalties in a row and not surprisingly the referee put the Seaton No 8 into the bin. This was fortuitous for Bishop as nearly all of Seaton's play goes through him.

Despite playing into the wind Bishop made good ground into Seaton's half, the ball was kicked down the wing and Andy Brown gave chase the Seaton full back missed the bounce of the ball and Andy Brown pounced and scored the try 5-0.

Seaton were spurred into action and moved the ball from one side to the other to score a try in the corner 5-5. No further points were added before half time 5-5

The second half was similar to the first with Bishop just edging the possession but each side creating no clear cut chances. Bishop got a penalty for obstruction and this time Tombling made no mistake 8-5. Bishop always looked the more dangerous side going forward but when Seaton did attack Bishop's defence was resolute. A lovely bit of skill from winger James Greathead where he took the ball chipped over his opposing player caught and scored the try gave Bishop a bit of breathing space Tombling converted 15-5. Seaton were not done yet and were determined to make it a nervy last 15 mins. They cranked the pressure up when the winger took the ball at pace and kicked and chased to score the try in the corner and with an excellent conversion narrowed the gap to 3 points 15-12.

After a bit of nailbiting on the side lines Bishop were able to close out the game without giving Seaton any further chances.

Final score 15-12

A strong performance By Bishop against a useful Seaton team. Bishop's defence was particularly good by both forwards and backs.

Michael Hole 05 Mar 12

Bishop Auckland RFC (16) Vs Chester Le Street RFC

Bishop Auckland RFC 55 : Chester Le Street RFC 5

Forwards : Daniel Wood, Luke Handley, James Scrivener , Dan Lawson ,Callum Howe , Liam Stephens , Liam Barker, Leon Keirl , Rhys Jarry

Backs : Joe Edmonds, Nathan Waterhouse, Jack Warren , James Bromley , Matthew Dockray , Ross Hull, Callum Hodgson , Charlie Wilkinson , Liam Boyek , Josh Pagan , Brandon , Ollie Grey

On a cold wet morning , which made handling difficult and note taking impossible , Bishop Auckland played away from home at Chester Le Street . The conditions were atrocious , but the two blues took the game to Chester Le Street up front , making the hard yards and then spinning the ball wide. The greater power and pace in the Bishop's side told and the score was kept ticking over. However Chester Le Street never gave up and put in some big hits throughout the game.

The Bishop's played well as a team, and most of the try's came from well orchestrated moves rather than individual play. This was very pleasing given the "experimental nature of the team , with new partnerships on show in many positions". The lads are putting into practise in games, what they do on the training ground and are learning to build pressure on the opposition.

Special mention today for Brandon - who put in some big tackles on his debut.

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