Billingham 24 - 38 Preston Grasshoppers (HT 05-28)
Tries (Joe Ross 21", Mike Whinn 46", Luke Armstrong 50", Kieran Clark 68"):
Conversions: Peter Evans 46", 68"
Tries: Jack Wilkinson 3", Tyler Spence 6",Jacob Browne 17", Ben Dorrington 34", Jacob Browne 62", Ciaran O'Donnell 79
Conversions: Will Hunt 3", 6",17", Rory Brand 34"
Star Man: Rory Brand (Preston Grasshoppers)
Referee: Gavin Jones
Preston Grasshoppers clinical first half display was enough to earn them a second away win in a row.
The was game riddled with indiscipline which did'nt deter a determined Preston Grasshoppers who despite going down to thirteen players saw them score 3 tries in 17 minutes to take a 0-21 lead Tries were scored by Jack Wilkson, Tyler Spence, Jacob Browne with Will Hunt converting
Billingham did make the most of their man advantage when from the back of a scrum, the ball went wide to Joe Ross who finished in the corner,
Preston had the last word of the half when a loose touch find from Billingham allowed Preston to attack right through the middle of the defence allowing Ben Dorrington to score under the posts. Rory Brand converted. 5-28
Half time couldnt come quick enough for the home side. Billingham did start the better of the two sides in the second half when a well worked lineout saw Mike Whinn crash over. Peter Evans kicked the extras.
Billingham had the momentum and following another Preston yellow a catch and drive ensued which saw inside centre Luke Armstrong latch on to the maul, peel off and score in the corner. Conversion was missed.
Preston fired back and on 60 minutes a well worked first phase from a scrum 5 metres out saw Browne crash over out wide.
Billingham set up a nervy finish. The game became loose and the rain started, making it difficult to throw the ball about. Billingham kept the ball tight. Another catch and drive saw prop Kieran Clark score. Peter Evans converted.
Preston had the last word however when Billingham were penalised for going in at the side of a maul. Preston chose to kick to the corner. A well worked maul saw replacement Ciaran O'Donnell score. Conversion was missed.
Preston can be pleased with another away victory with a bonus point. Billingham will be disappointed following yet another slow start.
Huddersfield next week… a must win game!