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Bishop's Stortford
Darlington Mowden Park
M Ridlington, S Ball, N Hankin
Full time
S McCartney (2), B Frankland, G Connon
G Cullen, G Cullen
W Seals
G Cullen
Sat 25 Nov 14:00 - RFU National - National 1

Draw for DMP in First Trip to Silver Leys

Mowden take 3 points home from their encounter with newly-promoted Bishop's Stortford

With the score at 7 - 22 in favour of DMPRFC on 50 minutes, the visitors deservedly had the try bonus point in the bag, but not the game as it transpired, as they squandered a 15-point advantage, allowing Bishop Strortford RFC to claw their way back into the game and have a kick to win it with the last play.

Unluckily for the home side and their audible fans, the conversion attempt from home fly half George Cullen drifted agonisingly wide, leaving he score tied at full time.

To be fair to the visitors, 3-points was perhaps less than they deserved, but the home side certainly deserved their 2-points on the basis of their creditable fightback in the last quarter of the game.

In the early stages of the game, honours were pretty even for the first ten minutes, with perhaps the home side edging possession and opportunities.

However, early indications of what was to follow were signalled by the visitors, as DMPRFC threatened to unleash their strike runners with regularity and the openings inevitably came.

Powerful DMPRFC winger Shaun McCartney, leaving his right wing berth to score in the left corner after some good penetration through the home defence by visitors backs. (0 - 5)

Bishop Strortford replied after ten minutes, when centre Matt Riddington found a gap in a retreating visitors defence to score under the posts (5 - 5) and with the simple conversion from Cullen, the home side took the lead for the first and ultimately the last time. (7 - 5)

The home side were unlucky to concede the next DMPRFC as the were on the attack, however an intercepted pass allowed predetory centre Ben Frankland to cruise in from 60 metres (7 - 10). DMPRFC fly half Warren Seals added the conversion. (7 - 12)

A searing run from DMPRFC full back Grant Connon accounted for the visitors next try, with his pace and power taking him to the try line, (7 - 17) giving them a 10-point lead going into oranges.

The game seemed to be eluding the home side as within nine minutes of the restart, as some incisive running from the DMPRFC, which was the feature of the game, allowed winger Shaun McCartney in for the bonus point try. (7 - 22)

With a powerful bench to come for DMPRFC, all augured well for the visitors, however, when the bench emptied with the additions of hooker Jorda POOLE, prop Jack Payne, flanker Simon Uzokwe and lock Talite Vaioleti, the anticipated impact did not materialise and conversely heralded the home fightback, spurred on by an excited home crowd.

First home No. 8 Stephen Ball crossed the visitors line (12 - 22) and with a conversion (14 - 22) and a penalty from Cullen (16 - 22) to follow, Bishop Strortford were within a converted try of winning the game.

DMPRFC exhibited some brave defence, but with a minute to go, stalwart prop Ralph Appleby was yellow carded for a scrum infringement and from a reset scrum, the home side spun the ball out in the final act, scoring through replacement Nick Hankin (22 - 22) setting up the tense final kick which was unsuccessful.

So honours even at Silver Leys and a return North for DMPRFC, who with their 3-points maintained their second place standing in National League One.

Next week - Ampthill and District RFC at the Northern Echo Arena.

Jake Brady

Player of the Match

Jake Brady

Key moments

11:00
Try Shaun McCartney scores for Darlington Mowden Park
22:00
Try Matt Ridlington scores for Bishop's Stortford
22:30
Conversion George Cullen kicks a conversion for Bishop's Stortford
37:00
Try Ben Frankland scores for Darlington Mowden Park
37:30
Conversion Warren Seals kicks a conversion for Darlington Mowden Park
39:00
Try Grant Connon scores for Darlington Mowden Park
49:00
Try Shaun McCartney scores for Darlington Mowden Park
57:00
Try Steve Ball scores for Bishop's Stortford
57:30
Conversion George Cullen kicks a conversion for Bishop's Stortford
67:00
Penalty George Cullen kicks a penalty for Bishop's Stortford
80:00
Try Nick Hankin scores for Bishop's Stortford

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80:00 Player of the Match
Jake Brady is awarded player of the match for Darlington Mowden Park
80:00 Try 22 - 22
Nick Hankin scores for Bishop's Stortford
67:00 Penalty 17 - 22
George Cullen kicks a penalty for Bishop's Stortford
57:30 Conversion 14 - 22
George Cullen kicks a conversion for Bishop's Stortford
57:00 Try 12 - 22
Steve Ball scores for Bishop's Stortford
49:00 Try 7 - 22
Shaun McCartney scores for Darlington Mowden Park
End of period 1
39:00 Try 7 - 17
Grant Connon scores for Darlington Mowden Park
37:30 Conversion 7 - 12
Warren Seals kicks a conversion for Darlington Mowden Park
37:00 Try 7 - 10
Ben Frankland scores for Darlington Mowden Park
22:30 Conversion 7 - 5
George Cullen kicks a conversion for Bishop's Stortford
22:00 Try 5 - 5
Matt Ridlington scores for Bishop's Stortford
11:00 Try 0 - 5
Shaun McCartney scores for Darlington Mowden Park
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As it happened

  • Bishop's Stortford
  • Darlington Mowden Park
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  • Shaun McCartney Try 11:00'
  • Matt Ridlington Try 22:00'
  • George Cullen Conversion 22:30'
  • Ben Frankland Try 37:00'
  • Warren Seals Conversion 37:30'
  • Grant Connon Try 39:00'
  • Shaun McCartney Try 49:00'
  • Steve Ball Try 57:00'
  • George Cullen Conversion 57:30'
  • George Cullen Penalty 67:00'
  • Nick Hankin Try 80:00'

Team selection

Connon, Grant Connon, Grant
Mackenzie, Callum Mackenzie, Callum
Frankland, Ben Frankland, Ben
Law, Garry Law, Garry
McCartney, Shaun McCartney, Shaun
Seals, Warren Seals, Warren
Blakeney-Edwards, Jack Blakeney-Edwards, Jack
Hodgson, Ollie Hodgson, Ollie
Duff, Rory Duff, Rory
Fisher, Dave Fisher, Dave
Craggs, Joe Craggs, Joe
Brady, Jake Brady, Jake
Appleby, Ralph Appleby, Ralph
Wood, Chris Wood, Chris
Barron, Alfie Barron, Alfie
Bishop's Stortford
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  • 2. Steve Ball
  • 3. Matt Ridlington
  • 4. Nick Hankin
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League round up

Other National 1 results

Ampthill
29
23
Rosslyn Park
Birmingham Moseley
13
11
Coventry
29
14
Plymouth Albion
50
12
Fylde
Old Albanians
7
54

Standings

# Team Pl Pts
1. Coventry 14 68
2. Darlington Mowden Park 14 55
3. Blackheath 14 49
4. Plymouth Albion 13 47
5. Ampthill 14 46
6. Bishop's Stortford 14 45
7. Old Elthamians 14 38

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