Billingham ground a W away from home
By mike brown
Billingham were hosted by West Hartlepool this Sunday morning with conditions perfect for rugby.
Billingham kicked off with a perfect kick from Shane Ellis allowed the dynamic prop Dylan Penny to lay the marker which a big hit. The ball quickly turned over but some bad decisions the ball was knocked on. This was the tone of the first half. Good things followed by a mistake. Following some changes in the team the subs came on Harry Armstrong, Samuel Waldock Connor Brown and Isaac Nelson seemingly steadying things. The forwards kept it direct and it was the quick thinking of Sam Collishaw to dart round the corner of the ruck to dot down. Conversion missed.
West came back at Billingham with successive penalties found themselves in Billinghams 22 for the first time. A catch, drive a quick breakaway was thwarted by Thomas Farnaby for Tigger to jackal over the ball to steal a penalty back.
Billingham continued to boss the first half but mistakes continued meaning Billingham couldn't add to the scoreline.
Half time West Hartlepool 0- Billingham 5
After some strong words from the coaching Team more subs made Billingham seemed to.more confident and direct in their play. However it was West thay had the upper hand early doors and kept knocking on the door. West broke the door down and an offload under the posts was intercepted by quick thinking Max Rafferty to race a full 100 metres (almost caught after slowing down) to dot down. Ben Armstrong converting.
West 0 Billingham 12.
This score seemed to have got Billingham on the front foot. Battering ram runs from Marc Ward-Skilbeck, Tom Walker and Martin Donnelly meant the try line was in sight. It was newly turned second row Luke Williams turn to barrel over the line.
West 0 Billingham 17.
Marc gathered the kick off took the ball forward and it was Powerhouse Reece Kundu to get over the whitewash next with some inter play from Louis Teasdale and Shane Ellis.
West 0 Billingham 22.
Some again indifferent decisions from Billingham missing 3 on 1 overlaps meant the scoreline remained the same until the last 7 mins. Billingham took the game forward through their forward pack going from side to side pulling West apart allowed the ball to be spun wide to Lewis Simon to find a happy Jack Li to dive over in the corner.
West 0 Billingham 27
West did get the last word following Billingham being penalised, a quick tap allowed West to find a gap on the outside to score in the corner.
West 5 Billingham 27 was the final score.
Not the complete performance but another W ground out.
News on the plate final to follow as well as the date for the club dinner in what is our final year in the Junior ranks!!