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Inter Club Review - 2018

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Inter Club Report for 2017 -18 after Round 3

Inter Club Mid-season report

 

With 3 rounds of matches completed (apart from 2 postponements – I had my fingers crossed yesterday morning about when the snow was going to fall), I would first like to thank all those teams who were playing away and completed long journeys. Unfortunately, it’s not possible to arrange local matches for everyone on the same day.

In Division A, Hurworth took a big step towards retaining their title with a good win over Darlington. The Brunton/Morpeth match was a much tighter tussle, Morpeth having taken an early lead. The match between the two promoted clubs from last year resulted in a big win for Durham at South Shields. I must congratulate South Shields on their win at Morpeth in the last round, which I believe was their first victory in Division A. These results leave the bottom 4 clubs within 7 VPs of each other, and a close fight to avoid relegation may ensue.

In Division B, three teams, Whitley Bay & Tyneside A, Wearside A and Cramlington A are level on 40 VPs, the first time I can remember this happening. Whitley Bay had a good win over Wearside, and both Cramlington and Brunton B had 20 – 0 wins over Ryton and Stockton A respectively. These latter two clubs are finding it difficult in this division after being promoted last year.

Division C saw the joint leaders, Darlington B and Durham B meet. Durham maintained their fine start to the season with a narrow victory by 13 – 7. There was another close match at Newcastle, with Bishop Auckland winning 13 – 7. The final match between St Georges and Morpeth B resulted in a big win for St Georges (20 – 0). This result leaves Morpeth probably needing to win their last two matches against Bishop Auckland and Newcastle to avoid relegation.

Whitley Bay & Tynemouth B and Chester-le-Street A both maintained their solid starts to the season in Division D, both recording their third wins. Whitley Bay had a close win over Hartlepool and Chester-le-Street beat Cramlington B 13 – 7. The third match resulted in a convincing first victory of the season for Darlington C over Brunton C (19 – 1).

In Division E (North), Castle Morpeth A took advantage of the postponement of the Alnwick/Hexham match to go top of the Division for now, with an 18 – 2 victory in the local “derby” against Morpeth C. Newcastle B won 17 – 3 against Castle Morpeth B, to record their first win of the season and move into 4th place above their opponents.

In Division E (South) only one match was played where Chester-le-Street B won 20 – 0 against Durham C. Whilst this win puts them in a strong position at the top, they have played at least one more match than the other teams.

Finally, thank you once again to all those club officials who reported the results of yesterday’s matches promptly. It makes my job so much easier.

Brian Pacey

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