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Plymouth Albion
Darlington Mowden Park
M Crosscombe, S Raumakita, E Holmes, E Holmes, J Owlett
Tries
A Brocklebank, G Law, B Frankland
H Skinner, H Skinner, H Skinner
Conversions
W Seals (2)
H Skinner
Penalties
Sat 17 Feb 15:00 - RFU National - National 1 Full time

Plymouth Too Strong For Travelling Park

A strong Plymouth side come out on top after tough contest at Brickfields.

DMPRFC did all they could to persevere down at Plymouth Albion RFC's Brickfields HQ, but the loss of scrum half Matt Dudman with illness on game day didn't help the cause.

The sin-binning of flanker Dave Fisher just prior to oranges and a proliferation of penalties against the visitors added to their woes and on a day when everything needed to go right in order to prevail, matters conspired against a high-flying DMPRFC squad, who couldn't overhaul the odds.

Having said those things, Plymouth Albion RFC certainly deserved their win to maintain their unbeaten record at home, which now stretches beyond this season.

Scoring 5 tries on the day, to DMPRFC's 3 tries in response demonstrated the home side's dominance of proceedings and dented the visitors hopes of hanging on to Coventry RFC's shirt-tails until the latter stages of the season.

A midfield error by the home side led to a kick ahead and a try after 12 minutes by DMPRFC prop Adam Brocklebank which put the visitors on the scoreboard and with fly half Warren Seals converting, perhaps DMPRFC were lucky to take the lead against the run of play. (0 - 7)

DMPRFC sought to underline their lead with a couple of searing breaks, only to be thwarted by some good defensive tackling from the home side.

Plymouth took some time to respond, partly due to some dogged 5-yard defence from a well drilled DMPRFC outfit, that were eventually breached just prior to oranges, when home winger Matt Croscombe's touched down, converted by fly half Skinner to level the scores. (7 - 7)

This score proved to be massively influential on the outcome of the game, as it galvanised the home side into pushing on in the second 40 minutes, but had a negative effect on a DMPRFC who had fought hard to keep them out.

Then came the FISHER sin-binning, just prior to the interval, which detrimentally added to DMPRFC's woes as he had done as much as most in defence to keep out his former team-mates.
Plymouth pressed the numerical advantage immediately and score within 3 minutes of the re-start, when centre Seta Raumakita crossed for an unconverted try. (12 - 7)

DMPRFC regained the lead with an individual try by centre Garry Law (12 - 12), converted by SEALS (12 - 14), but it seemed inevitable that this was a temporary situation.

Plymouth started their journey to victory with a catch and drive effort, finished off by lock Ed holmes, retaining possession and forced over by the pack. (17 - 12) and the conversion from Skinner (19 - 12), was added to 5 minutes later with an unconverted try by prop Jack Owett. (24 - 12)

Lock Holmes added his second as the game entered the last 5 minutes (29 - 12) and with the Skinner conversion (31 - 12), Plymouth looked home and dry. A Skinner penalty rubbed salt into the visitors wounds (34 - 12), before a late converted, consolation try for DMPRFC centre Ben Frankland (31 - 19), added some form of respectability.

It doesn't get any easier for DMPRFC, with the visit of league leaders Coventry RFC to the Northern Echo Arena, in the first meeting of the top two this season.

Photo Credit - Darren Hands

Grant Connon

Player of the Match

Grant Connon

Key moments

12:00
Try Adam Brocklebank scores for Darlington Mowden Park
12:00
Conversion Warren Seals kicks a conversion for Darlington Mowden Park
36:00
Try Matt Crosscombe scores for Plymouth Albion
36:00
Conversion Harvey Skinner kicks a conversion for Plymouth Albion
43:00
Try Seta Raumakita scores for Plymouth Albion
47:00
Try Garry Law scores for Darlington Mowden Park
47:00
Conversion Warren Seals kicks a conversion for Darlington Mowden Park
64:00
Try Ed Holmes scores for Plymouth Albion
64:00
Conversion Harvey Skinner kicks a conversion for Plymouth Albion
69:00
Try Jack Owlett scores for Plymouth Albion
76:00
Try Ed Holmes scores for Plymouth Albion
76:00
Conversion Harvey Skinner kicks a conversion for Plymouth Albion
80:00
Try Ben Frankland scores for Darlington Mowden Park
80:00
Penalty Harvey Skinner kicks a penalty for Plymouth Albion

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Highlights

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80:00 Try 31 - 19
Ben Frankland scores for Darlington Mowden Park
80:00 Player of the Match
Grant Connon is awarded player of the match for Darlington Mowden Park
80:00 Penalty 34 - 19
Harvey Skinner kicks a penalty for Plymouth Albion
76:00 Try 29 - 14
Ed Holmes scores for Plymouth Albion
76:00 Conversion 31 - 14
Harvey Skinner kicks a conversion for Plymouth Albion
69:00 Try 24 - 14
Jack Owlett scores for Plymouth Albion
64:00 Try 17 - 14
Ed Holmes scores for Plymouth Albion
64:00 Conversion 19 - 14
Harvey Skinner kicks a conversion for Plymouth Albion
47:00 Try 12 - 12
Garry Law scores for Darlington Mowden Park
47:00 Conversion 12 - 14
Warren Seals kicks a conversion for Darlington Mowden Park
43:00 Try 12 - 7
Seta Raumakita scores for Plymouth Albion
End of period 1
36:00 Try 5 - 7
Matt Crosscombe scores for Plymouth Albion
36:00 Conversion 7 - 7
Harvey Skinner kicks a conversion for Plymouth Albion
12:00 Try 0 - 5
Adam Brocklebank scores for Darlington Mowden Park
12:00 Conversion 0 - 7
Warren Seals kicks a conversion for Darlington Mowden Park
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Plymouth Albion
  • Darlington Mowden Park
  • 0
  • Adam Brocklebank Try 12:00'
  • Warren Seals Conversion 12:00'
  • Matt Crosscombe Try 36:00'
  • Harvey Skinner Conversion 36:00'
  • Seta Raumakita Try 43:00'
  • Garry Law Try 47:00'
  • Warren Seals Conversion 47:00'
  • Ed Holmes Try 64:00'
  • Harvey Skinner Conversion 64:00'
  • Jack Owlett Try 69:00'
  • Ed Holmes Try 76:00'
  • Harvey Skinner Conversion 76:00'
  • Ben Frankland Try 80:00'
  • Harvey Skinner Penalty 80:00'

Team selection

Connon, Grant Connon, Grant
Radwan, Adam Radwan, Adam
Frankland, Ben Frankland, Ben
Law, Garry Law, Garry
Mackenzie, Callum Mackenzie, Callum
Seals, Warren Seals, Warren
Connon, Brett Connon, Brett
Hodgson, Ollie Hodgson, Ollie
Craggs, Joe Craggs, Joe
Fisher, Dave Fisher, Dave
Vaioleti, Talite Vaioleti, Talite
Brady, Jake Brady, Jake
Appleby, Ralph Appleby, Ralph
Wood, Chris Wood, Chris
Brocklebank, Adam Brocklebank, Adam
Plymouth Albion
  • 1. Harvey Skinner
  • 2. Matt Crosscombe
  • 3. Seta Raumakita
  • 4. Ed Holmes
  • 5. Jack Owlett
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League round up

Other National 1 results

Ampthill
30
14
Birmingham Moseley
36
21
Fylde
Coventry
40
10
Old Albanians
36
17
Rosslyn Park
29
36

League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Coventry 30 134
2. Darlington Mowden Park 30 115
3. Plymouth Albion 30 108
4. Ampthill 30 106
5. Blackheath 30 88
6. Old Elthamians 30 81
7. Birmingham Moseley 30 79

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