OAs lose but win a precious Bonus Point
It could have been a much more painful experience last Saturday but OAs stuck at their guns sufficiently to gain a bonus point for four tries and were praised by the home management for their efforts both around the park and in the darker regions of the forward exchanges.
It did not bode well for the visitors when, with just a minute played, DMP scrum half Matt Dudman scored by the posts for Warren Seals to convert. Ross Hamilton, leading from the front, charged in from close range but too far out to allow the conversion.
The next hour was truly painful as the visitors conceded no fewer than thirty three points without reply, this despite a good showing from the forwards whose performance gained praise even though mostly under the cosh.
The second half was far more even with each side scoring nineteen points.
Joe Bridger, Morgan Thompson and Matt Deane tore through the home defence and Tom Bednall converted twice. In the meantime Callum Mackenzie, Brett Connon and Alfie Barron all crossed the visitor’s line and were joined by Dudman and Connon again.
Then Bridger and Thompson took a hand before Ben Frankland crossed for the last DMP try.
Matt Deane brought up the bonus point score after great work from the pack.
Blackheath are the visitors next Saturday and will no doubt want to add a second victory to this year’s tally. Shanners and his side will be warmly welcomed!
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Read Neil Metcalfe’s story in the Herts Advertiser ….
Video courtesy of Darlington Mowden Park.
When things are not going well one is supposed to grit one’s teeth and get on with the task in hand.
This week so much gritting will have been going on amongst the squad management that local dentists will be kept gainfully employed for years!
In brief the LV Cup denies Gavin Hogg the services of the Saracen fraternity en bloc and at the same time at least three regular players are unavailable through work commitments. Add to this a sprinkling of injuries and it is hardly a surprise that just thirteen squad players were present at training on Thursday.
However OAS will still be credible opposition for Darlington who will certainly want to reverse the result of the match played at the start of the season.
Credit is due in large measure to the players who will make up the side which travels North at the weekend and it is to be hoped that the opportunities offered to those players perhaps not regularly selected will be accepted with alacrity.
We wish all the very best of luck!
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