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1st Team - Match centre

Darlington Mowden Park
Cambridge
W Seals (2), G Connon, S Uzokwe (2)
Full time
E Griffiths, M Ayrton
W Seals (5)
J Green
J Green, J Green
Sat 16 Sep 14:00 - RFU National - National 1

Mowden go top with 5 point win over Cambridge

Tries from Seals (2), Uzokwe (2) and Connon send DMP to the top of the National one table

Three straight league wins sees DMPRFC top of the National League One table with a 100% record and three try-bonus points in their 15 point total.

Cambridge RFC became the latest side to succumb to some early season promise for the faithful at the Northern Echo Arena and DMPRFC are enjoying the their spot at the top of the table.

DMPRFC were good for their win, even though struggled to get any momentum going in a first half, which was littered with errors from both sides.

Success came very early for the visitors, in fact after only two minutes to be precise, as a penalty conceded by the home side was kicked to the corner. When a catch and drive effort from the resulting lineout failed, the Cambridge pack sought to carve through some poor home defence, which proved a success and hooker Ean Griffiths forced the ball over the line for the score (0 - 5). With the extras provided by fly half Jack Green (0 - 7), DMPRFC were caught cold.

With the stalwart back row man and ex-Northampton Saints player Darren Fox in their ranks, the home pack were guaranteed a tough afternoon and this proved to be the case, as he led his forwards well and things were very combatant in the scum and contact areas.

After the initial shock to the system, DMPRFC gained a healthy share of possession, but for the first quarter could not break down a stern visitors defence who initially held firm.

DMPRFC evened up the scoreboard, when from a penalty, this time awarded against Cambridge RFC, home fly half Warren Seals kicked to the corner. As had befallen Cambridge some minutes earlier, the catch and drive lineout effort was held, but the ball was spun out to SEALS who sliced through a grasping home defence to score (5 - 7), composing himself to convert his own try (7 - 7).

Cambridge RFC were reduced in numbers after fifteen minutes, when over-eager winger Michael Ayrton chased a high kick and when the ball was deftly caught by home scrum half Matt Dudman, the visiting winger forgot to let DUDMAN'S feet touch the ground and up-ended him, swiftly receiving his ten-minute 'cooler' experience for his troubles.

However, DMPRFC failed to capitalise on the visitors reduction in playing numbers and in fact found themselves further behind, courtesy of a well taken penalty from Green as DMPRFC were penalised at the ruck (7 - 10).

It looked like this would be the score at 'oranges', but for the introduction of prop Darren Fearn and flanker Simon Uzokwe, who added some necessary bite to the game.

Just as things looked to peter out to the interval, a quick tap penalty, taken by home centre Ben Frankland brought rewards for DMPRFC as he made incursions into the visitors half, linking with lock Jake Brady in support, who offloaded to full back Grant Connon who burst through a non-existent Cambridge RFC defence to score under the posts (12 - 10), SEALS converting (14 - 100, heralding the half-time whistle.

It is fair to say that perhaps Cambridge RFC could count themselves unlucky to be behind at the break, as they matched their hosts for the 40-minutes, however, sometimes 'that's how it goes'.

Both sides emerged from the break intent on 'giving it a go', as the game appeared there for the side that wanted it the most.

It was DMPRFC who put their hand up first, after ten minutes of the re-start, when Cambridge found themselves losing the ball, which found its way into the welcoming hands of home prop Jack PANE who made significant progress into the visitors half, eventually feeding flanker UZOKWE, who powered to the line for his second try in as many weeks (19 - 10), the conversion from SEALS (21 - 10) heralding a widening gap on the scoreboard, which from then on never looked like being narrowed by the visitors.

As the game entered the last quarter, other replacements were introduced by both teams, but it was the home side again who scored the try, against the run of play, as Cambridge 'coughed up' the ball in attack,which was gathered by centre FRANKLAND, who charged off in the opposite direction in earnest, feeding the ball to a supporting SEALS, who motored in for his brace (26 - 10), sufficiently calming himself to add the extras (28 - 10).

The game threatened to leave Cambridge behind at this stage as UZOKWE netted his second try. DMPRFC were held up over the Cambridge line and awarded a 5-metre scrum. A penalty was awarded when Cambridge came under pressure and a quick tap brought reward for the flanker who muscled in from close range (33 - 10), SEALS again converting (35 - 10).

Credit to Cambridge RFC, they never gave up and were rewarded with a late consolation with a well worked try by winger Ayrton, who went some way to make amends for his earlier transgression (35 - 15).

The conversion miss brought the final whistle.

Jack Payne

Player of the Match

Jack Payne

Key moments

2:00
Try Ean Griffiths scores for Cambridge
2:30
Conversion Jack Green kicks a conversion for Cambridge
14:00
Try Warren Seals scores for Darlington Mowden Park
14:30
Conversion Warren Seals kicks a conversion for Darlington Mowden Park
28:00
Penalty Jack Green kicks a penalty for Cambridge
39:00
Try Grant Connon scores for Darlington Mowden Park
39:30
Conversion Warren Seals kicks a conversion for Darlington Mowden Park
55:00
Try Simon Uzokwe scores for Darlington Mowden Park
55:30
Conversion Warren Seals kicks a conversion for Darlington Mowden Park
60:00
Penalty Jack Green kicks a penalty for Cambridge
63:00
Try Warren Seals scores for Darlington Mowden Park
63:30
Conversion Warren Seals kicks a conversion for Darlington Mowden Park
72:00
Try Simon Uzokwe scores for Darlington Mowden Park
72:30
Conversion Warren Seals kicks a conversion for Darlington Mowden Park
79:00
Try Mike Ayrton scores for Cambridge

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Mowden Park v Cambridge 16th Sept 2017
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Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Jack Payne is awarded player of the match for Darlington Mowden Park
79:00 Try 35 - 18
Mike Ayrton scores for Cambridge
72:30 Conversion 35 - 13
Warren Seals kicks a conversion for Darlington Mowden Park
72:00 Try 33 - 13
Simon Uzokwe scores for Darlington Mowden Park
63:30 Conversion 28 - 13
Warren Seals kicks a conversion for Darlington Mowden Park
63:00 Try 26 - 13
Warren Seals scores for Darlington Mowden Park
60:00 Penalty 21 - 13
Jack Green kicks a penalty for Cambridge
55:30 Conversion 21 - 10
Warren Seals kicks a conversion for Darlington Mowden Park
55:00 Try 19 - 10
Simon Uzokwe scores for Darlington Mowden Park
End of period 1
39:30 Conversion 14 - 10
Warren Seals kicks a conversion for Darlington Mowden Park
39:00 Try 12 - 10
Grant Connon scores for Darlington Mowden Park
28:00 Penalty 7 - 10
Jack Green kicks a penalty for Cambridge
14:30 Conversion 7 - 7
Warren Seals kicks a conversion for Darlington Mowden Park
14:00 Try 5 - 7
Warren Seals scores for Darlington Mowden Park
2:30 Conversion 0 - 7
Jack Green kicks a conversion for Cambridge
2:00 Try 0 - 5
Ean Griffiths scores for Cambridge
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As it happened

  • Darlington Mowden Park
  • Cambridge
  • 0
  • Ean Griffiths Try 2:00'
  • Jack Green Conversion 2:30'
  • Warren Seals Try 14:00'
  • Warren Seals Conversion 14:30'
  • Jack Green Penalty 28:00'
  • Grant Connon Try 39:00'
  • Warren Seals Conversion 39:30'
  • Simon Uzokwe Try 55:00'
  • Warren Seals Conversion 55:30'
  • Jack Green Penalty 60:00'
  • Warren Seals Try 63:00'
  • Warren Seals Conversion 63:30'
  • Simon Uzokwe Try 72:00'
  • Warren Seals Conversion 72:30'
  • Mike Ayrton Try 79:00'

Team selection

Connon, Grant Connon, Grant
Mackenzie, Callum Mackenzie, Callum
Frankland, Ben Frankland, Ben
Auld, Chris Auld, Chris
Radwan, Adam Radwan, Adam
Seals, Warren Seals, Warren
Dudman, Matt Dudman, Matt
Hodgson, Ollie Hodgson, Ollie
Duff, Rory Duff, Rory
Fisher, Dave Fisher, Dave
Brady, Jake Brady, Jake
Vaioleti, Talite Vaioleti, Talite
Payne, Jack Payne, Jack
Wood, Chris Wood, Chris
Appleby, Ralph Appleby, Ralph
Cambridge
  • 1. Ben Ibrahim
  • 2. Ean Griffiths
  • 3. Ehren Painter
  • 4. George Bretag-Norris
  • 5. Rob Conquest
  • 6. Darren Fox
  • 7. Louis Rawlings
  • 8. Tom Nutley
  • 9. Pierre Peres
  • 10. Jack Green
  • 11. Mike Ayrton
  • 12. Ben Penfold
  • 13. Albert Portsmouth
  • 14. Ashley Elvers
  • 15. Joe Green
  • 16. Fred Davies
  • 17. Shane Moynihan
  • 18. Ben Kelland
  • 19. Jake McCloud
  • 20. Oli Petrides

League round up

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32
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Old Albanians
19
21
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League table

# 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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