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1st Team - Match centre

Darlington Mowden Park
Caldy
S McCartney (2), C Mackenzie, G Law
Full time
M Dixon, N Royle, R Otutaha, M Dixon
G Law (3)
B Jones, G Roberts, G Roberts
G Law (2)
Sat 30 Sep 14:00 - RFU National - National 1

A fifth straight bonus point win keeps DMP at the top of the National One table

Tries from McCartney (2), Mackenzie and Law seal narrow victory over Caldy

DMPRFC maintained their fantastic start to the season with a narrow 32 - 26 win at the Northern Echo Arena against league newcomers Caldy RFC, in a very close contest.

The league leaders were pushed all the way in an enthralling and entertaining game watched by a decent crowd.

Each side scored 4-tries apiece for their bonus points and although DMPRFC gained the win and the 5 points keeping their 100% record to date, Caldy RFC were well worthy of another point for only losing with less than 7 points.

The game was end to end from the opening whistle, as both sides sought to run the ball at every opportunity.

It was the home side who opened the scoring, the ball finding it’s way across the line to winger Shaun McCartney who powered over in the corner (5 – 0). The try was converted from wide out by DMPRFC fly half Garry Law (7 – 0).

Caldy responded when their live-wire full back Mark Dixon pierced the home defence for the try (7 – 5), the conversion from winger Ben Jones, levelling the scores (7 – 7).

For the remaining of the first half, it was the home side who dominated, with first wing Callum Mackenzie and then McCartney again conjuring two tries for DMPRFC, one of which was converted by Law before the break (22 – 7).

Caldy emerged from the tunnel a much brighter side and from a break out of defence their speedy winger Nick Royal edged the visitors a little closer to their hosts (22 – 12).

Law added a penalty for the home side before the introduction of replacement centre Ransford Otutaha proved beneficial for Caldy, when after some good interplay, he dived between the posts for a try (22 – 17) and the conversion by centre Gavin Roberts brought the scores to within 6 points.

Law was again in the action, scoring the bonus point try and then converting for the home side in an attempt to put the game out of the reach of the visitors (32 – 19).

Undaunted Caldy hit back, with again Dixon the provider of their try bonus point (32 – 24), converted by Roberts (32 – 26), contributing to an exciting finale.

The last quarter saw some further end to end rugby, with Caldy having flanker Harrison Crowe sin-binned, but DMPRFC managed to hold on for the win to continue their unbeaten run.

Next Saturday the 1st XV travel to Old Albanian RFC.

Raffle Winner (B&B at Oak Lodge) - Orange 176-180

Grant Connon

Player of the Match

Grant Connon

Key moments

8:00
Try Shaun McCartney scores for Darlington Mowden Park
8:30
Conversion Garry Law kicks a conversion for Darlington Mowden Park
17:00
Try Mark Dixon scores for Caldy
17:30
Conversion Ben Jones kicks a conversion for Caldy
27:00
Try Callum Mackenzie scores for Darlington Mowden Park
27:30
Conversion Garry Law kicks a conversion for Darlington Mowden Park
32:00
Penalty Garry Law kicks a penalty for Darlington Mowden Park
37:00
Try Shaun McCartney scores for Darlington Mowden Park
43:00
Try Nick Royle scores for Caldy
45:00
Penalty Garry Law kicks a penalty for Darlington Mowden Park
51:00
Try Ransford Otutaha scores for Caldy
51:30
Conversion Gavin Roberts kicks a conversion for Caldy
55:00
Try Garry Law scores for Darlington Mowden Park
55:30
Conversion Garry Law kicks a conversion for Darlington Mowden Park
65:00
Try Mark Dixon scores for Caldy
65:30
Conversion Gavin Roberts kicks a conversion for Caldy

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Mowden Park v Caldy 30th Sept 2017
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HIGHLIGHTS - DMP v Caldy
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Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Grant Connon is awarded player of the match for Darlington Mowden Park
65:30 Conversion 32 - 26
Gavin Roberts kicks a conversion for Caldy
65:00 Try 32 - 24
Mark Dixon scores for Caldy
55:30 Conversion 32 - 19
Garry Law kicks a conversion for Darlington Mowden Park
55:00 Try 30 - 19
Garry Law scores for Darlington Mowden Park
51:30 Conversion 25 - 19
Gavin Roberts kicks a conversion for Caldy
51:00 Try 25 - 17
Ransford Otutaha scores for Caldy
45:00 Penalty 25 - 12
Garry Law kicks a penalty for Darlington Mowden Park
43:00 Try 22 - 12
Nick Royle scores for Caldy
End of period 1
37:00 Try 22 - 7
Shaun McCartney scores for Darlington Mowden Park
32:00 Penalty 17 - 7
Garry Law kicks a penalty for Darlington Mowden Park
27:30 Conversion 14 - 7
Garry Law kicks a conversion for Darlington Mowden Park
27:00 Try 12 - 7
Callum Mackenzie scores for Darlington Mowden Park
17:30 Conversion 7 - 7
Ben Jones kicks a conversion for Caldy
17:00 Try 7 - 5
Mark Dixon scores for Caldy
8:30 Conversion 7 - 0
Garry Law kicks a conversion for Darlington Mowden Park
8:00 Try 5 - 0
Shaun McCartney scores for Darlington Mowden Park
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Darlington Mowden Park
  • Caldy
  • 0
  • Shaun McCartney Try 8:00'
  • Garry Law Conversion 8:30'
  • Mark Dixon Try 17:00'
  • Ben Jones Conversion 17:30'
  • Callum Mackenzie Try 27:00'
  • Garry Law Conversion 27:30'
  • Garry Law Penalty 32:00'
  • Shaun McCartney Try 37:00'
  • Nick Royle Try 43:00'
  • Garry Law Penalty 45:00'
  • Ransford Otutaha Try 51:00'
  • Gavin Roberts Conversion 51:30'
  • Garry Law Try 55:00'
  • Garry Law Conversion 55:30'
  • Mark Dixon Try 65:00'
  • Gavin Roberts Conversion 65:30'

Team selection

Connon, Grant Connon, Grant
Mackenzie, Callum Mackenzie, Callum
Auld, Chris Auld, Chris
Frankland, Ben Frankland, Ben
McCartney, Shaun McCartney, Shaun
Law, Garry Law, Garry
Dudman, Matt Dudman, Matt
Hodgson, Ollie Hodgson, Ollie
Heaton, Matt Heaton, Matt
Craggs, Joe Craggs, Joe
Preston-Routledge, Dan Preston-Routledge, Dan
Vaioleti, Talite Vaioleti, Talite
Barron, Alfie Barron, Alfie
Wood, Chris Wood, Chris
Fearn, Darren Fearn, Darren
Caldy
  • 1. John Parker
  • 2. John Whittaker
  • 3. Derek Salisbury
  • 4. John Collister
  • 5. Thomas Sanders
  • 6. Harrison Crowe
  • 7. Josiah Dickinson
  • 8. Stuart Cross
  • 9. Chris Pilgrim
  • 10. Rhys Hayes
  • 11. Ben Jones
  • 12. Tom Banks
  • 13. Gavin Roberts
  • 14. Nick Royle
  • 15. Mark Dixon
  • 16. Wade Williams
  • 17. Jack Beavers
  • 18. Ransford Otutaha
  • 19. Martin Gerrard
  • 20. Nick Gray

League round up

Other National 1 results

22
41
Ampthill
26
61
Coventry
Fylde
29
20
Rosslyn Park
28
49
Plymouth Albion
Old Albanians
19
38
Birmingham Moseley

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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