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1st Team - Match centre

Darlington Mowden Park
Bishop's Stortford
M Gibbs (2), S McCartney, C McTurk , G Connon
Tries
T Banks, R Hutler, G Cullen, S Brownhill, M Riddington
G Law (5)
Conversions
G Cullen, G Cullen, G Cullen, G Cullen, G Cullen
G Law (2)
Penalties
Sat 24 Mar 14:00 - RFU National - National 1 Full time

Second Half Comeback Stuns Stortford

DMP take maximum points from a high-scoring game at the Northern Echo Arena

In a very entertaining contest, DMPRFC ultimately emerged victorious against a very dogged Bishop Stortford RFC side, visiting the Northern Echo Arena for the very first time.

Back in late November 2017, Bishop's Stortford RFC were perhaps unlucky not to register a victory at their HQ when, after a strong second half comeback, the last kick of the game narrowly drifted wide, the mach ending in a 22 - 22 draw.

The same applied to this game in certain respects, although roles were reversed, this time with DMPRFC producing a fine second half comeback to win the game 41 - 35, from being 17 - 28 down at oranges.

DMPRFC got off to a fast start, stunning the visitors, when early pressure was exerted and home scrum half Maia Gibbs was on hand to score the first points of the game, crossing the try line after only 2 minutes of play. (5 - 0) Garry Law converted (7 - 0) on what was a good day for him with the boot, hitting 5 conversions and 2 penalties in all for 16 points of his own.

It was LAW who added a penalty less than 3 minutes later (10 - 0), as the visitors interfered at ruck time.

DMPRFC threatened to run away with the game at this early stage, but the visitors had other ideas and a mistake in the home defence saw them take advantage, with scrum half Thomas Banks scoring his sides first points (10 - 5), with fly half George Cullen adding the extras. (10 - 7)

Within two minutes, Bishop's Stortford RFC were ahead from broken play, when centre Matthew Riddington weaved his way to the line for the score (10 - 12), again Cullen successful with the conversion (10 - 14).

DMPRFC thought they'd stemmed the tide, inter-passing within 5-metres of the visitors try line, when the ball was intercepted by visitors left wing Ryan Hutler, who ran almost the whole length of the field to score under the posts (10 - 19), Cullen converting (10 - 21).

DMPRFC endeavoured to get back into the game, but butchered a couple of try scoring opportunities, with the last pass not finding the mark, before wing Shaun McCartney did register in the corner (15 - 21), LAW converting. (17 - 21)

There was still time for the visitors to underline their hard-working first half display, when a chip over a flat home defence was gathered by fly half Cullen who evaded scrambling defenders to score between the posts (17 - 26), converting his own try (17 - 28) to give Bishop Stortford RFC a deserved lead going into the break.

DMPRFC came out of the dressing room with power and purpose and took the game to the visitors from the restart and within four minutes had redressed the arrears, when after a break from fly half Jack Blakeney-Edwards and a timely pass to Maia Gibbs found the gap to the try-line for the scrum half to register his brace (22 - 28), again converted by LAW. (24 - 28)

LAW added another sweetly struck penalty (27 - 28), before mercurial wing Chris McTurk found himself competing for the ball in the air, over the try line, which BLAKENEY-EDWARDS had speculatively boomed into the heights over the Arena. Both McTURK and a couple of visiting defenders collided in mid air, but it was McTURK who recovered quickest to dab the ball down and after a short pause for a referee and assistant conference, the try was registered (32 - 28) to put the home side in front, the conversion from LAW (34 - 28) extending DMPRFC's lead.

At this stage, the game was firmly in the grip of the home side as they edged in front, but Bishop's Stortford were still battling hard.

DMPRFC underlined their second half superiority when a dart down the wing from home full back Grant Connon brought rewards, with him outstripping the visitors defence for the score (39 - 28) with LAW converting. (41 - 28)

Not to be outdone, Bishop's Stortford had the last word with a consolation but deserved final try from replacement Sebastian Brownhill (41 - 33), converted by Cullen (41 - 35) and adding an extra losing bonus point, as the game concluded.

After the game, Bishop's Stortford’s Head Coach Andy Long praised his side saying: "I am delighted with the points and how we played. We knew it would be a tough game coming here and I thought we had an excellent first half, but I told the players at the break that they would come back at us and they did. Credit to them, they are a good side. We have taken 2 points and have played well, as we have done against the top sides in our first season in this league."

His opposite number, Director of Rugby Danny Brown similarly praised his sides second half comeback saying: "It was a great game with plenty of action. Bishop's Stortford were tough to play against in broken play, but we knew in the second half our structure needed to improve and it did. The team are strong at home and to come back against a strong and determined side like they were shows that we are determined to see out the season and remain in second spot."

Jordon Poole

Player of the Match

Jordon Poole

Key moments

4:00
Try Maia Gibbs scores for Darlington Mowden Park
5:00
Conversion Garry Law kicks a conversion for Darlington Mowden Park
7:00
Penalty Garry Law kicks a penalty for Darlington Mowden Park
14:00
Try Thomas Banks scores for Bishop's Stortford
15:00
Conversion George Cullen kicks a conversion for Bishop's Stortford
17:00
Try Matt Riddington scores for Bishop's Stortford
18:00
Conversion George Cullen kicks a conversion for Bishop's Stortford
24:00
Try Ryan Hutler scores for Bishop's Stortford
25:00
Conversion George Cullen kicks a conversion for Bishop's Stortford
34:00
Try Shaun McCartney scores for Darlington Mowden Park
35:00
Conversion Garry Law kicks a conversion for Darlington Mowden Park
36:00
Try George Cullen scores for Bishop's Stortford
37:00
Conversion George Cullen kicks a conversion for Bishop's Stortford
44:00
Try Maia Gibbs scores for Darlington Mowden Park
45:00
Conversion Garry Law kicks a conversion for Darlington Mowden Park
48:00
Penalty Garry Law kicks a penalty for Darlington Mowden Park
51:00
Try Chris McTurk scores for Darlington Mowden Park
52:00
Conversion Garry Law kicks a conversion for Darlington Mowden Park
77:00
Try Grant Connon scores for Darlington Mowden Park
78:00
Conversion Garry Law kicks a conversion for Darlington Mowden Park
79:00
Try Seb Brownhill scores for Bishop's Stortford
80:00
Conversion George Cullen kicks a conversion for Bishop's Stortford

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Jordon Poole is awarded player of the match for Darlington Mowden Park
80:00 Conversion 41 - 35
George Cullen kicks a conversion for Bishop's Stortford
79:00 Try 41 - 33
Seb Brownhill scores for Bishop's Stortford
78:00 Conversion 41 - 28
Garry Law kicks a conversion for Darlington Mowden Park
77:00 Try 39 - 28
Grant Connon scores for Darlington Mowden Park
52:00 Conversion 34 - 28
Garry Law kicks a conversion for Darlington Mowden Park
51:00 Try 32 - 28
Chris McTurk scores for Darlington Mowden Park
48:00 Penalty 27 - 28
Garry Law kicks a penalty for Darlington Mowden Park
45:00 Conversion 24 - 28
Garry Law kicks a conversion for Darlington Mowden Park
44:00 Try 22 - 28
Maia Gibbs scores for Darlington Mowden Park
End of period 1
37:00 Conversion 17 - 28
George Cullen kicks a conversion for Bishop's Stortford
36:00 Try 17 - 26
George Cullen scores for Bishop's Stortford
35:00 Conversion 17 - 21
Garry Law kicks a conversion for Darlington Mowden Park
34:00 Try 15 - 21
Shaun McCartney scores for Darlington Mowden Park
25:00 Conversion 10 - 21
George Cullen kicks a conversion for Bishop's Stortford
24:00 Try 10 - 19
Ryan Hutler scores for Bishop's Stortford
18:00 Conversion 10 - 14
George Cullen kicks a conversion for Bishop's Stortford
17:00 Try 10 - 12
Matt Riddington scores for Bishop's Stortford
15:00 Conversion 10 - 7
George Cullen kicks a conversion for Bishop's Stortford
14:00 Try 10 - 5
Thomas Banks scores for Bishop's Stortford
7:00 Penalty 10 - 0
Garry Law kicks a penalty for Darlington Mowden Park
5:00 Conversion 7 - 0
Garry Law kicks a conversion for Darlington Mowden Park
4:00 Try 5 - 0
Maia Gibbs scores for Darlington Mowden Park
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Darlington Mowden Park
  • Bishop's Stortford
  • 0
  • Maia Gibbs Try 4:00'
  • Garry Law Conversion 5:00'
  • Garry Law Penalty 7:00'
  • Thomas Banks Try 14:00'
  • George Cullen Conversion 15:00'
  • Matt Riddington Try 17:00'
  • George Cullen Conversion 18:00'
  • Ryan Hutler Try 24:00'
  • George Cullen Conversion 25:00'
  • Shaun McCartney Try 34:00'
  • Garry Law Conversion 35:00'
  • George Cullen Try 36:00'
  • George Cullen Conversion 37:00'
  • Maia Gibbs Try 44:00'
  • Garry Law Conversion 45:00'
  • Garry Law Penalty 48:00'
  • Chris McTurk Try 51:00'
  • Garry Law Conversion 52:00'
  • Grant Connon Try 77:00'
  • Garry Law Conversion 78:00'
  • Seb Brownhill Try 79:00'
  • George Cullen Conversion 80:00'

Team selection

Connon, Grant Connon, Grant
McTurk , Chris McTurk , Chris
Frankland, Ben Frankland, Ben
Law, Garry Law, Garry
McCartney, Shaun McCartney, Shaun
Blakeney-Edwards, Jack Blakeney-Edwards, Jack
Gibbs, Maia Gibbs, Maia
Hodgson, Ollie Hodgson, Ollie
Heaton, Matt Heaton, Matt
Fisher, Dave Fisher, Dave
Craggs, Joe Craggs, Joe
Vaioleti, Talite Vaioleti, Talite
Appleby, Ralph Appleby, Ralph
Poole, Jordon Poole, Jordon
Brocklebank, Adam Brocklebank, Adam
Bishop's Stortford
  • 1. William Roberts
  • 2. Declan Caulfield
  • 3. Tom McCrone
  • 4. Mark McCraith
  • 5. Matt Tomlinson
  • 6. Dan Leo
  • 7. Oliver Jones
  • 8. Stephen Ball
  • 9. Thomas Banks
  • 10. George Cullen
  • 11. Ryan Hutler
  • 12. Matt Riddington
  • 13. Sam Winter
  • 14. Rob Duff
  • 15. Nick Hankin
  • 16. James Palmer
  • 17. Seb Brownhill
  • 18. Baxter Wilson
  • 19. Jack Scantlebury
  • 20. George Keen

League round up

Other National 1 results

21
20
Birmingham Moseley
50
26
Old Albanians
Fylde
17
32
Plymouth Albion
21
24
Coventry
Rosslyn Park
21
31
Ampthill

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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