Billingham U18s come out on top
By mike brown
West push all the way
Billingham colts came out on top in a 41-26 thriller at Greenwood Road.
Billingham who were missing 5 key personnel still fielded a strong squad of 20.
Opponents West Hartlepool fielded a strong team and a clear size difference was apparent from the off.
It was West that started the game the strongest camping in Billinghams 22. However Billinghams defence came out on top and stopped West from crossing the white wash.
Billinghams forward pack steadied the shop with some big runs from Harvey and Ryan allowing Billingham to get up to half way.
From this and missed tackles by a tiring West pack Billingham were able to get on top and started to rack up the tries.
Billingham finished the half on top and looked to be running away with it.
However West made a host of changes increasing their size and made most of this. Big carries and good support play allowed West to score a further 3 tries.
Billingham themselves made a raft of changes and welcomed back a returning Louis Teasdale to the wing. Billingham battled to get back on top of the game and was ultimately finished off by Reece Kundu.
The game was played in great spirits and both sides clearly wanted to win.
Thank you to West once again.
Billinghams try scorers
Joe Ross x 2
Harry Burnard x 2
Joe ross x3