Willer’s Wanderings ended alongside Durham County’s Championship Campaign
The Durham County Willer’s Wanderings were drawn to end with an away trip with the County Senior Men to Oakham RFC for the County Championship match against Leicestershire.
The game made an interesting start as all spectators except the referee spotted a problem when both side came on to the pitch wearing maroon shirts and socks, meaning that the only way of telling the teams apart was by the different coloured shorts.
Leicestershire were the far larger side and quickly took control of the match scoring a penalty try and a push over from a scrum in the first fifteen minutes.
When a Leicestershire player tackled one of his teammates the referee realised he had a problem and there was a delay while the Leicestershire players turned their shirts inside out.
Durham began battling their way back into the match and midway through the first half scored a converted try. Leicestershire added a further try to lead 22 – 7 at the half time break.
Durham scored early in the second half to cut the deficit but as the match went on the effort of playing against a more powerful side took its toll and Leicestershire scored at regular intervals to run out 55 -14 winners.
Durham had been hit by a number of their regular players not being available. However, this allowed three debutants to step out and make an appearance.
The players would have learnt a lot from this match and I am sure will make a real contribution to the county team in the future.
At the after match meal, I presented ties to the three debutants. One of the recipient being Lewis Roxby who had been part of this seasons successful Under 20s side. In all the excitement of being selected for the full county team Lewis had forgotten to pack his trousers and had to collect his tie wearing number ones and shorts, much to the amusement of his team mates.
The final presentation of the day went to Tom Johnson, Tom is the first player from Hartlepool RFC in seventeen years to play for the county team.
He was extremely proud to have played in five matches and earnt a County Cap.