Following victories against Cumbria and Cheshire, Durham went into their final game looking for another unbeaten season.
The final game saw Durham County u18s boys team faced Northumberland at Alnwick RFC. The weather forecast was not good but apart from the wind the weather was not bad as predicted when the game kicked off. Durham took an early lead as excellent work by Pickering enabled centre Preston to burst through the Northumberland defence to score. Durham continued to look dangerous throughout the first half and 2 more excellent tries from King and Day ensured they went into the break with a 5-17 advantage.
With the weather conditions during the 2nd half deteriorated with heavy rain and cold conditions adding to the swirling wind. The first score in the second half was always going curial to the balance of the game and so it proved. Durham seemed to loose their momentum a little after the break and despite some excellent defensive efforts, it was Northumberland who gained two tries. Northumberland could have taken the lead if they had converted the try which levelled the score at 17-17 but the wind worked in Durham’s favour to deny the Northumberland kickers best efforts. This seemed to galvanise Durham who showed fantastic spirit and skills as they started to go on the offensive in the appalling weather conditions.
With just under 10 minutes remaining Durham’s pressure forced a mistake by Northumberland right in front of their posts. This gave Durham the opportunity to regain the lead which they duly did as Pickering kicked the penalty to ease the Durham nerves. The final minutes saw Durham camped in the Northumberland 22 and a try from Allen sealed the victory by 17-27.