Wanderers “won” 12 Alnwick II 41. Match report by Huw Reynolds:
Spring had sprung in Alnwick last Saturday but while lambs were frolicking merrily in the surrounding hills, there was an end-of-season feel to this fixture with numerous players unavailable and late withdrawals. Nevertheless, Wanderers travelled with confidence with some new names bolstering the side.
Northern dominated the first half, primarily due to excellent carries and driving mauls from the forwards, one of which resulted in Duncan Arnold, try-machine that he is, powering over under the posts. Jordan Brown added the conversion. There were also 2 disallowed tries that, if awarded, would have far more accurately reflected Wanderer’s dominance. Unfortunately, towards the end of the first half a breakaway by Alnwick resulted in a converted try for the home side and a half-time score of 7-7 which was a poor return for a good performance.
The second half was a different affair and Alnwick ran away with it after bringing on a number of young, fast legs, and an experience ‘old head’ to steer the ship. In contrast, Wanderers had only one substitute and ended up with only 13 fully fit players. We did manage an excellent score out wide by Paul Mawhinney however after putting together a number of phases.
Mention must go to two players who normally run out for the Panthers and who both had excellent games. Ollie Dykes had a fine debut in the second row (and latterly in the backs) while Sam Taylor is obviously destined for higher things after a superb performance at No. 7. Well done lads.
The match ended in controversy however. Alnwick had no front row replacement. After literally 30 seconds, one of their props had to leave the field and all scrums were uncontested. The Alnwick management, with whom we have a great relationship, were first to declare that the league points were ours. Candy League rules confirmed this was the case.
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