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Your News Darlington Mowden Park 18 - Fylde 39
09
MAR

Although down by 15-18 at half-time, Fylde exerted their authority over Darlington Mowden Park in the 2nd period and notched four tries to put the game out of the reach of a brave DMP side in this National Three (North) game. Fylde move up to 3rd place in the division as a result.

Playing into a strong wind, Fylde provoked the immediate displeasure of referee Steel-Bodger and before they knew it were 12 points down inside the first 15 minutes. This indiscipline or naivety was not the way to end Fylde's five year losing jinx at Yiewsley Drive.

Two penalties from Jon Benson in the 1st & 3rd minute gave Mowden the lead before Fylde had settled into any kind of shape or pattern. They continued to upset referee Guy Steele-Bodger for real or imaginary offences and he gave Jon Benson two more opportunities to kick penalty goals for a 12-0 lead by the 17th minute.

Fylde at last got into the game and started to play rugby. Pressure inside the DMP 22m area on the 23rd minute ended with a powerful 15m burst from the immensely promising tighthead prop Kieran Brookes who broke away from a maul, scattering attempted tacklers in his wake before diving over for a fine try. This was the 18 year old schoolboy's debut try for his home town club, surely the first of many. Neil Hunter's attempted conversion into the strong wind drifted wide but the deficit had been reduced to 5-12.

A couple of minutes later events took a dark turn for the visitors as skipper and lock forward Roger Banks was helped off with what looked like a serious knee injury to be replaced by Grant Ferguson. Rubbing salt in the wounds, Benson converted his fifth penalty attempt to extend DMP's lead to 15-5.

A minute later a loose kick ahead by a DMP player was fielded in his own half by Fylde fullback Martin Wallwork who shaped to pass to winger Oli Brennand. Instead, Wallwork burst through a gap in the DMP defensive line before interpassing with centre Tom Albinson. The ball reached Brennand and the N3N's leading try scorer raced clear to score his 19th try of the campaign behind the posts. Hunter converted and DMP's lead was down to 15-12.

The indiscipline was by now spreading as it was Darlington's turn to upset Mr Steele-Bodger. On 37 minutes he awarded a penalty to Fylde and some back chat from a home player gave the visitors another ten metres. Hunter kicked the penalty goal and brought the teams level at 15-all.

By now, Fylde had begun to dominate the battle for possession and territory. They swarmed forward looking for a try just before the break. With men out wide and 22m out from the home line, a telegraphed pass was intercepted by a DMP player who raced away downfield. Fylde wingers Nick Royle and Oli Brennand set off in pursuit. Even the quickest of N3N players would struggle to get away from these two speedsters who hunted the attacker down. Royle tackled the player and Brennand went to the breakdown to secure the ball. But he was penalised for his efforts and sinbinned too, the first yellow card of his senior career. Benson kicked the subsequent penalty and took his side into the dressing rooms at the break with a 18-15 lead.

With the benefit of the wind at their backs, Fylde took control once more at the beginning of the 2nd period. But again their injury jinx struck on 49 minutes when flanker Dave Wilks was forced off with an injury. Replacement hooker Alan Holmes came into the backrow in his place. Things got even worse a few minutes later when no 8 Dan Bowman required treatment for a blood injury. Prop Andrew Irving came into the second row whilst Ferguson moved to no 8.

DMP tighthead prop Dan Miller was sinbinned following this incident and Hunter kicked the penalty to the corner. The subsequent line-out was won by Fylde and a sustained drive by the pack ended with flanker Dan Palmer claiming the try. Hunter's conversion attempt failed but Fylde had at last taken the lead at 20-18.

After 56 minutes centre David Wiseman was replaced by Mike Waywell.

Miller returned after 64 minutes but this didn't prevent Fylde going further ahead two minutes later. A DMP lineout 20m out from their line was overthrown and went to Dan Palmer who steamed in for his third try in the last two matches to give his side a 25-18 lead.

By now, Fylde were in complete control. On 78 minutes the ball reached Nick Royle on the right, 35m out. With his path barred by DMP defenders he ran one of his typical arcs, sweeping left and around the opposing backs before diving into the left corner for a fine try. Hunter converted beautifully from the touchline and Fylde had a 32-18 lead.

This was extended in the final move of the match as the Fylde backs again went wide. With the dangerous Brennand being double marked, Mike Waywell broke the defensive line and scored with ease. Hunter converted to conclude the afternoon's business.

Whilst this was not, perhaps, a totally convincing victory for Fylde, it was their third successive win, two of them away from the Woodlands. Six tries to none was a positive reflection on the game. In a hard working pack, perhaps the most deserving of a mention is lock Alistair Atkinson who has made a great impression on his return to the 1st team following a long break.

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