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Darlington Mowden Park
Old Elthamians
C Mackenzie, G Connon, S McCartney (2), S Uzokwe
Full time
J Rudland-Thomas, D Lespierre, G Messum
B Connon (3), G Law
T White, T White, T White
B Connon
Sat 14 Oct 14:00 - RFU National - National 1

Mowden Bounce Back With Bonus Point Win

5 tries for DMP secure a 4th straight home win at the Northern Echo Arena

In the very first game between the two clubs, Old Elthalmians RFC arrived at the Northern Echo Arena in their first venture into National League One, having won 4 out of the 6 games played and enjoying a great start to their campaign.

With 21 points in the bag, they had hoped to extend a run of four consecutive wins against Fylde RFC (A, 7 - 43), Loughborough Students RFC (H, 36 - 20), Cambridge RFC (A, 28 - 29) and the previous week against Caldy RFC (23 - 21).

Instead, the newcomers found DMPRFC in no mood to assist and ready to continue the 100% home record.

With a few changes from the narrow defeat down at Old Albanian RFC, DMPRFC took the field in front of a decent crowd, buoyed by the return of lock Joe Craggs and full back Grant Connon after injury, the latter having the opportunity to play a game with his younger brother Brett for the first time in their careers.

The first half was even at 14 – 14, but DMPRFC turned on the power after oranges to register another 5 point haul, adding to their already impressive total of points and retaining third place to date.

Early pressure from the home side failed to be cemented with any points and it was the visitors who opened the scoring after seven minutes and from a catch and drive lineout, Old Elthamians hooker Jay Rudland-Thomas dotted the ball down (0 - 5), with fly half White converting (0 - 7).

DMPRFC struggled to keep on the right side of the official early doors, conceding trivial penalties, whilst the visitors misdemeanours appeared to go unpunished.

When DMPRFC did mount a determined attack, the visitors were persistently penalised for a combination of offside and entering the ruck from the side. On one such occasion, visiting stalwart lock Adam Preocanin had to leave the field with a head injury and although replaced proved to be a big miss to Old Elthamians RFC, as was the loss of Carlisle in the pre-match warm up.

However, the [ressure eventually told and after a series of set scrums, home wing Callum Mackenzie borrowed over for the home sides first try (5 - 7), fly half Brett Connon converting (7 - 7) after twenty one minutes had elapsed.

The visitors were awarded their next try after some confusion on the field, where the home side stopped playing as the majority of Old Elthamians RFC ventured offside at a DMPRFC scrum. However, the official waved play on and prolific scorer and wing Dominic Lespierre gathered to run in unopposed, under the posts (7 - 12), White converting (7 - 14) to edge the visitors ahead.

DMPRFC drew level prior to the interval, when a perfect pass from his brother Brett was gathered by Grant Connon who dissected the visitors defence for a score under the posts (12 - 14), converted by Brett (14 - 14).

With the closeness of the game prior to oranges, it was important that DMPRFC took control of the game straight away on resumption of play and this they did with aplomb, scoring 3 tries in the process, with Old Elthalmians RFC only able to add a converted try.

Not long after the break, DMPRFC mounted a series of 'pick and drive' charges at the visitors line, culminating in further persistent infringements, but this time their influential No. 8 Harry Ledger was sent to 'the cooler' for a 10-minute sabbatical.

DMPRFC took full advantage of the numbers deficit and upped a level, with home winger Shaun McCartney cutting a fine line against the Old Elthamians defence, powering his way over with two tacklers in tow (19 - 14), Brett Connon converting (21 - 14) putting the home side into a lead that they never looked like relinquishing from then on.

Brett Connon added a penalty (24 - 14) as some desperate defence from the visitors turned into further infringements.

Home flanker Simon Uzokwe, who had been a force during the game then showed his power and persistency by forcing the ball over the line (29 - 14),securing the try bonus point.

It was the home teams turn to be reduced in numbers when wing Mackenzie was sin binned for preventing release of the ball after the tackle and as the entered the fourth quarter, Old Elthamians added a try via flanker Hamish Barton (29 - 19), converted by White (29 - 21).

However, not to be outdone and cementing their win, McCARTNEY scored his second try making a determined surge down his wing to carry over the last two defenders for the score (34 - 21). The conversion was from Garry Law (36 - 21), which was the last scoring of the game.

In the end Old Elthamians were well beaten, but competed all game and certainly look comfortable at this level.

Shaun McCartney

Player of the Match

Shaun McCartney

Key moments

10:00
Try Jay Rudland-Thomas scores for Old Elthamians
10:30
Conversion Tom White kicks a conversion for Old Elthamians
23:00
Try Callum Mackenzie scores for Darlington Mowden Park
23:30
Conversion Brett Connon kicks a conversion for Darlington Mowden Park
32:00
Try Dominic Lespierre scores for Old Elthamians
32:30
Conversion Tom White kicks a conversion for Old Elthamians
36:00
Try Grant Connon scores for Darlington Mowden Park
36:30
Conversion Brett Connon kicks a conversion for Darlington Mowden Park
48:00
Try Shaun McCartney scores for Darlington Mowden Park
48:30
Conversion Brett Connon kicks a conversion for Darlington Mowden Park
56:00
Penalty Brett Connon kicks a penalty for Darlington Mowden Park
70:00
Try Simon Uzokwe scores for Darlington Mowden Park
74:00
Try George Messum scores for Old Elthamians
74:50
Conversion Tom White kicks a conversion for Old Elthamians
76:00
Try Shaun McCartney scores for Darlington Mowden Park
76:30
Conversion Garry Law kicks a conversion for Darlington Mowden Park

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Highlights

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79:00 Player of the Match
Shaun McCartney is awarded player of the match for Darlington Mowden Park
76:30 Conversion 36 - 21
Garry Law kicks a conversion for Darlington Mowden Park
76:00 Try 34 - 21
Shaun McCartney scores for Darlington Mowden Park
74:50 Conversion 29 - 21
Tom White kicks a conversion for Old Elthamians
74:00 Try 29 - 19
George Messum scores for Old Elthamians
70:00 Try 29 - 14
Simon Uzokwe scores for Darlington Mowden Park
56:00 Penalty 24 - 14
Brett Connon kicks a penalty for Darlington Mowden Park
48:30 Conversion 21 - 14
Brett Connon kicks a conversion for Darlington Mowden Park
48:00 Try 19 - 14
Shaun McCartney scores for Darlington Mowden Park
End of period 1
36:30 Conversion 14 - 14
Brett Connon kicks a conversion for Darlington Mowden Park
36:00 Try 12 - 14
Grant Connon scores for Darlington Mowden Park
32:30 Conversion 7 - 14
Tom White kicks a conversion for Old Elthamians
32:00 Try 7 - 12
Dominic Lespierre scores for Old Elthamians
23:30 Conversion 7 - 7
Brett Connon kicks a conversion for Darlington Mowden Park
23:00 Try 5 - 7
Callum Mackenzie scores for Darlington Mowden Park
10:30 Conversion 0 - 7
Tom White kicks a conversion for Old Elthamians
10:00 Try 0 - 5
Jay Rudland-Thomas scores for Old Elthamians
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As it happened

  • Darlington Mowden Park
  • Old Elthamians
  • 0
  • Jay Rudland-Thomas Try 10:00'
  • Tom White Conversion 10:30'
  • Callum Mackenzie Try 23:00'
  • Brett Connon Conversion 23:30'
  • Dominic Lespierre Try 32:00'
  • Tom White Conversion 32:30'
  • Grant Connon Try 36:00'
  • Brett Connon Conversion 36:30'
  • Shaun McCartney Try 48:00'
  • Brett Connon Conversion 48:30'
  • Brett Connon Penalty 56:00'
  • Simon Uzokwe Try 70:00'
  • George Messum Try 74:00'
  • Tom White Conversion 74:50'
  • Shaun McCartney Try 76:00'
  • Garry Law Conversion 76:30'

Team selection

Connon, Grant Connon, Grant
Mackenzie, Callum Mackenzie, Callum
Auld, Chris Auld, Chris
Law, Garry Law, Garry
McCartney, Shaun McCartney, Shaun
Connon, Brett Connon, Brett
Dudman, Matt Dudman, Matt
Hodgson, Ollie Hodgson, Ollie
Uzokwe, Simon Uzokwe, Simon
Fisher, Dave Fisher, Dave
Craggs, Joe Craggs, Joe
Brady, Jake Brady, Jake
Appleby, Ralph Appleby, Ralph
Wood, Chris Wood, Chris
Barron, Alfie Barron, Alfie
Old Elthamians
  • 1. Alex Rogers
  • 2. Jay Rudland-Thomas
  • 3. Stefan North
  • 4. Adam Preocanin
  • 5. Tom Scorgie
  • 6. George Messum
  • 7. Hamish Barton
  • 8. Harry Ledger
  • 9. Sam Egerton
  • 10. Tom White
  • 11. Renford Bennett
  • 12. Max Wilkins
  • 13. Kieran Moffat
  • 14. Dominic Lespierre
  • 15. Chris Surman
  • 16. Lewis Brown
  • 17. Nathan Morris
  • 18. Truman Sullivan
  • 19. Bryan Hotston
  • 20. Ollie Claxton

League round up

Other National 1 results

31
3
Old Albanians
17
34
Plymouth Albion
50
23
Rosslyn Park
27
32
Birmingham Moseley
Fylde
0
64
Coventry
14
36
Ampthill

League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Coventry 14 68
2. Darlington Mowden Park 14 55
3. Plymouth Albion 14 52
4. Ampthill 15 51
5. Blackheath 15 49
6. Bishop's Stortford 15 46
7. Old Elthamians 15 43

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