3TM come out on top in the battle at Brigade
By Richard Morrison
And a battle it was
Saturday saw the mighty 3TM make the short trip over to Hartlepool headland to face one of the league contenders and 2nd place team BBOB.
A win was much needed to keep us in contention for the league title and the lads duly obliged.
With this being the 3rd match between the teams and the results currently sitting at 1 a piece there was an extra edge to this one.
Billingham had started slowly, going behind to a converted try, a position which we are unaccustomed.
It wasn't too long before Billingham hit back however with Johnny Fraser pulling it within 2 with an unconverted score.
This was followed by the lively Nic Winstanley going over from scrum half , converting his own try to take the lead for the 1st time in the game.
It was a lead which was due to change hands a couple more times before the game was done. Before half time the hosts scored their 2nd converted try to go in at the break with a 14-12 advantage.
Into the 2nd half and the green and whites knew what had to be done, stepping up the intensity it was our turn to take the lead again. This time it was the fleet footed Tom Penninton who dotted down, with the conversion missed it was now 14-17 and a lead we were to now keep and extend.
The next score came from the powerful running of Phil Crawford out wide, again with the 2 missed it was 14-22.
BBOB then reminded us we were in a game with their 3rd converted try for 21-22.
Billinghams fitness over the opponents was now to show with 2 futher tries, the 1st came from Nic Winstanley, capping a MoM performance with his brace, and not to be left behind, Johnny Fraser was then to score his 2nd and the final of the game with the returning Adam Gascoigne slotting the 2.
With still work to be done we made it difficult for ourselves. With both Anthony Kelsey and Rob McCabe earning themselves yellow cards meaning the final 10 was played out with only 13 on the pitch. The defence held out though and when the final whistle went it was a good and deserved win.
With 3 points now covering the top 3 teams February looks like it will be the month where we will have a chance to really shape the remainder of the season with home games v Guisborough, Richmondshire and leaders Middlesbrough and a county cup game away to Winlaton Saxons sandwiched in th middle it is an exciting time.
The next 2 Saturdays are both early KO's at Greenwood road from 1pm so if you haven't been down to support yet, then here is your chance.