Great admiration to Consett 3rds, who came up against a very youthful Development side on the full size AGP, but although the referee offered to cut short the game they stayed with it to the end and scored 2 good trys, the whole game was played in great spirit.
Thanks to Derek for the photos 161 online at https://www.flickr.com/photos/26086313@N08/albums/with/72157706895656514
The Development side contain around 9 players under the age of 20, the speed and ability of these guys, added to some ‘older’ heads to contribute bags of experience was just too much for Consett 3s. There was so much pace in this side, both forwards and backs, Consett had no idea where the next line break was coming from. It was a very entertaining game for the crowd with some brilliant trys and played in brilliant spirit by Consett who were just up against a better side on the day, their Captain & team did the Consett club proud, it happens, we’ve all been on the wrong side of unmatched sides, you play, you shake hands, you drink in the bar and move on, all achieved. Our thanks also to Keith Oliver, Paul Winter and Ewan Lowry, all of whom played for Consett as they sustained injuries as the game came to a close.
Trys: Mark MacC 3, Craig Y, Dammo, Rob P, Damien A-B, Jak T, Ryan R, James M, Paddy, Savs, ??
Conv: Jak 4, James M 2, Mark Mac 1
Highs & Lows:
- Line speed and hits in defence were immense, especially around the edges of the mauls from the likes of Ewan, Rob, Jake and Dammo.
- Oliver, Paddy and Ewan from the forwards were everywhere, in attack and defence
- Breaks came from everywhere, especially, Jak T, Mark Mac, Max, Craig Y, Ryan, then Savs and James when they came on.
- David R got the ball out wide, rounded the winger, who had a lot more experience than him, (shall we say) and then somehow seemed to run around in a circle and managed to get himself tangled in his Zimmer frame and step out of play.
- Consett had no answer to Craig Y, Ryan or Mark Mac jinking runs
- Paddy secured good lineout ball
- James Murray was having a wingding time on the bench, first deciding he was injured and couldn’t play, declaring he couldn’t play 9, 10 or 15, then feeling left out as he was not starting (although he was part of the Bricks squad till their game was conceded) so we put him on at 10 and then 9 in the 2nd half, it shut him up and he played well at both, as James does, possibly just experiencing the change of life, early…..
- Looked like Jake broke his nose, but he was convinced it was just a bit blood and was only happy when he went back on
- Great break from Dammo thro from around halfway on the fullback, got to 22, with pace to burn idling in 1st gear on either side of him, too many options, fullback took him down, renamed ‘Dammo, won’t pass’
- Matt R crossed the try line but didn’t seem to want to put it down!
- Keith O went on for Consett, great sportsmanship, but shortly afterwards he was probably having 2nd thoughts as Ewan and Rob hit him as he received a looping pass, which set him up to get hit, ‘Oh Sh1te’ was heard, just before he was hit hard.
- Paul Winter went on for Consett in front row and him and Tom described the scrums as aggressive cuddling, not many smiles on the photos from them, too busy preparing for the cuddle!
- Savs made a great break from own 22 and slowed up to let James M catch up, to run it in from 22 and score…
- Ewan Lowry went on for Consett and immediately ran over the top of Damien A-B, but lost the ball with the line beckoning.
- Adam came on, went for glory near the line, but knocked on
Great display from a very talented, with Winlaton 2s beating Sunderland 2s in the other leg, its sets up a local derby for the final, date still to be agreed.
- Damien Martinez
- Oliver Williams
- Brett Hanratty
- Ewan Lowry
- Matthew Johnson
- Rob Pyle
- Jake Armstrong
- Paddy Cooper
- Jak Tuck
- Mark MacCallan
- Craig Youngmn
- Max Nellis
- Damien Ameer-Beg (Capt)
- David Reay
- Ryan Robson
- Cameron Richardson
- Tom Hirst
- Paul Winter
- Adam Turnbull
- James Murray
- Matt Robertson
- Andrew Savory