County U16s: Both teams impress manager with ‘excellent start’
Durham County U16s took to the road to play Cumbria and came home with two impressive wins (47-0 and 50-14) to kick start their 2016/2017 campaign.
Both the Durham Bishops and Durham Princes travelled to Creighton RFC to take on Cumbria U16s.
Phil Lax, County U15/U16 Manager said: “Durham County U16s made an excellent start to the season with two outstanding performances against Cumbria.”
In the first of the two games, Cumbria A welcomed Durham County Princes onto the pitch at Creighton RFC, unfortunate for Cumrbia the show was stolen by the visitors as they racked up 47 points to nil against the hosts.
Tries came from; Nick Ingram (Durham City), Nick Blowey (Durham City), Freddie Lockwood (Barnard Castle School), Alex Smith (Durham City), Cameron Mather (Gateshead RFC), Matthew Price (Barnard Castle School) and Craig Musundrie (Gateshead RFC) with Luke Pearson (Billingham RFC) slotting six conversions.
In the other game, Durham County Bishops kept Cumbria B at bay only conceding two tries to win 50-14.
The Bishops tries came from; Ben Cooper (Darlington Mowden Park RFC), Ben Feetham (South Shields Westoe), Ryan Walsh (Billingham RFC), Shane Ivey (Hartlepool RFC -C), two try’s a piece for Henry Fulford (Middlesbrough RFC) and Ethan Crawford (Bishop Auckalnd RFC) with Callum Pascoe (South Shields Westoe RFC) extending the lead with five conversions.
Lax added: “We saw two superb team displays, playing quick and entertaining rugby in really cold conditions.
“It was even greater to see that five of the tries scored were by players making their Durham County debuts!
“A large and noisy travelling Durham support really enjoyed watching the lads display great team work and entertaining free flowing rugby.”
All players were praised for their performances across the weekend but there is still lots of hard work to follow as they prepare for the upcoming fixture against locals Northumberland.
Durham take on Northumberland at West Hartlepool RFC on Sunday February, 5.
The teams that faced Cumbria are as follows:
Princes: Coaches David Hill, Peter Groark, John Forester, Manager Phil Lax
1. Charlie Caswell – West Hartlepool RFC
2. Luke Hawkins – Gateshead RFC (Vice Captain)
3. Ethan Hall – Barnard Castle School
4. Nick Blowey – Durham City RFC
5. Freddie Lockwood – Barnard Castle School
6. Stephen Carrick – Darlington RFC
7. Chris West – Houghton RFC
8. Will Elliott – Durham City RFC
9. Luke Pearson – Billingham RFC
10. Alex Smith – Durham City RFC
11. Cameron Mather – Gateshead RFC
12. Matthew Price – Barnard Castle School
13. Sam Wilson – Billingham RFC
14. Nick Ingram – Durham City RFC
15. Sam Douglass – Middlesbrough RFC (Captain)
16. Femi Afolabi – Yarm School
17. James Borthwick- West Hartlepool RFC
18. Rob Hardy – Barnard Castle School
19. Conor Martin – Darlington Mowden Park RFC
20. Craig Musundrie – Gateshead RFC
21. Will Dexter – Billingham RFC
22. Dylan Jones – Billingham RFC
23. Fletcher Jackson – Sunderland RFC
24. Joe Ross – Billingham RFC
Bishops: Coaches Daniel Finney, Daniel Burns Manager Phil Lax
1. Ben Cooper – Darlington Mowden Park RFC
2. Joe Sawdon – Middlesbrough RFC
3. Josh Hanson – Durham City RFC
4. Owen Clarke – Stockton RFC
5. Jake Morrison – Billingham RFC
6. Thomas Jowett – DMP RFC
7. Henry Fulford – Middlesbrough RFC
8. Shane Ivey – Hartlepool RFC (Captain)
9. Max Pepper- Barnard Castle School
10. Callum Pascoe – Westoe RFC
11. Farai Chikumbirike – Sunderland RFC
12. John Guy – Westoe RFC
13. Max Thompson – Stockton RFC (Vice Captain)
14. Ethan Crawford – Bishop Auckland RFC
15. Tom Thornton – Billingham RFC
16. Thomas Hanson – Durham City RFC
17. Reece Thompson – Sunderland RFC
18. Sam Gate – Billingham RFC
19. Adam Brown – DMP RFC
20. Ben Feetham – Westoe RFC
21. Harry Thompson – Billingham RFC
22. Ryan Walsh – Billingham RFC
23. Tom Kell – Gateshead RFC
24. Joe Hogan – Durham City RFC
For more information on the County U16s, check out their page here