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Saracens take revenge by 24-22 at Hartlepool

1 week ago By Terry Wilson

But 1sts go down 33-15 in closing moments at Grangefield v Gateshead

Saracens were keen to take revenge for being unceremoniously dumped out of the CANDY cup at Hartlepool in late November .

A much stronger squad travelled to Mayfield Park again this time to to play the league game - only to find the game had been switched to King George V fields near Rovers ground.

Stockton raced into a 21-0 lead with tries for threequarter Martin Davison (2) and prop but playing flanker Mike Harle- all converted by experienced fly half Jay Good.

Hartlepool scored with the last play of the first half to make it 21-5 at the break and then scored with the first play of the second half to close the gap.

They scored another try and then with the last play of the very long game crossed the Stockton line again but the conversion sailed wide so Stockton Saracens deservedly brought home the league points . 17 year old colt Ryan Alpay made a promising debut in the back row in the second half as he is still too young to prop in senior rugby .

Meanwhile the 1st XV game went ahead after a lot of very hard work to get the 2nd team pitch in a playable state and resurrect the posts blown down on Wednesday evening ( many thanks to Bash)

After falling behind 14-3 to Gateshead's speedy three quarters by the break, Stockton fought back to lead 15-14 with fifteen minutes to go after two push over tries from Martin Dixon, one of which was converted by Jonny Horner to add to his first half penalty. Stockton looked to have scored a third pushover but the ref disallowed it and Gateshead went down the far end and scored a breakaway to retake the lead. Stockton then were reduced to 14 after a player received two yellow cards . Gateshead then streched away in the closing moments with two more tries to seal the victory.

Both sides just got on with playing on a tricky surface which held up well considering the midweek deluge.

Updated 19:23 - 6 Jan 2018 by Terry Wilson

Where next?

R.I.P Bill Dale Funeral Tuesday 16 Jan 10 am Stranton Cemetry TS25 5DD and then afterwards at Rovers club
1st team game V Gateshead ON 6 Jan Using 2nd team pitch after extensive use of new "mopping up" machine

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