13/14 Wanderers. Wanderers 48 - 17 Consett II

Northern fielded another different team with only 5 players from the previous week due to late cry offs, players moving to 1st team and unavailability. This allowed some of the younger players to gain second team experience with a good fixture in between league games. Ashen faced coach Alan Belford started the game due to the late promotion of wing James Pattison to the first team leaving the team down to 14 men. Massive thanks must go to Duncan Arnold, Jason Hamilton, Chris Thierry and Ian Brierley for turning up at short notice to increase the numbers to 19 and play their part in an entertaining game as well as sparing their coach further embarrassment on the pitch. Northern were quickly into the game and pressed Consett back from the kick off. Good interplay between forwards and backs saw scrum half Sam Storey score an opportunist try on 8 minutes that he converted himself. Northern created several more scoring chances but failed to increase the score then on 26 minutes Consett pulled a try back somewhat against the run of play. Northern then scored a super try when they broke out from their own 22 to feed the ball on to full back Connor Chamberlain for a score under the posts converted by scrum half Sam Storey on 35 minutes. Northern added another try on 40 minutes when good hands put flanker Chris Ure away and he fed wing Jason Hamilton for an unconverted try out wide. Half time score: Northern Wanderers19–Consett II 5.
Both teams started the second half with purpose and Northern showed the first enterprise on 43 minutes when a good break was made by centre Anth Baird who passed on to supporting flanker Chris Ure to score a good try that was converted by scrum half Sam Storey. Consett came back at Northern and following a series of quick tapped penalties they drove over for a converted try on 46 minutes. Northern then took complete control of the game and on 51 minutes following some good driving play by the Northern pack the ball was moved to centre Anth Baird who blasted over for an unconverted try. The Northern backs broke out of their 22 again ion 57 minutes and good hands put away full back Connor Chamberlain who showed good pace to outstrip the defence and score a try under the posts that was converted by scrum half Sam Storey.  Consett showing good tenacity managed a further score themselves on 61 minutes with another quick tapped penalty and drive over the line out wide. Northern continued to press and on 73 minutes the ball was worked to centre Neil Carter who drove through three tackles and stepped the last defender in the 22 only to be taken out by a sniper in the woods when a try seemed certain. Worth the admission money for entertainment!! Northern pushed for 50 points in the last few minutes and were rewarded with a good try out wide on 79 minutes when flaker Chris Ure surged towards the Consett line and set supporting wing Chris Thierry in for an unconverted try. Northern completed the scoring right on time when fly half Rhys Reynolds saw space in front of him and chipped out of the 22. He showed great composure to gather his own kick and take out the Consett scramble defence with a good pass to supporting wing Chris Thierry. The wing set supporting full back Connor Chamberlain on a surging run to the line but although scoring his hat trick he was unable to ground near the posts and the conversion was missed to leave thefinal score:Northern Wanderers 48 – Consett II 17.

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