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A great team effort and commitment all season saw Alnwick finish as champions of Durham and Northumberland Division One and playing his full part was captain Andrew Shell.

The winger rattled in 30 tries during the season to be the leading points scorer with 150 – brother Ed scored 17 touchdowns.

Alnwick led the league from the start, dropping only three games against Consett, Horden, and Guisborough, but remained unbeaten at Greensfield.

After playing 26 games, losing only three, scoring 763 points for with only 340 against and adding 17 bonus points – a total of 107 for the season – the champions finished four points ahead of runners-up Guisborough who lost their play-off against Huddersfield YMCA and will remain in Division One next season.

Top try scorer was captain Andrew Shell who crossed the line 30 times followed by brother Ed with 17, Ali Gray with nine, Frank Hutchinson and Angus Todd with five each, Ian Gray for four alongside Richard Ellis and B Boothman.

Nathan O’Grady, with 113 from 26 conversions, 12 penalties and five tries was in second place in the points total then Ed Shell with 85 and Joe Weddell with 22 conversions, 21 penalties for 65 points.

Gordon Smith was the only player to have turned out in all 26 league games.

Frank Hutchinson and Andrew Shell missed one each with Ed Shell on 24.