Lions’ roar beats out Bears from the north

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Berwick Bears 10

Alnwick Lions 22

The Lions were a try ahead after only five minutes of play when Paul McKenna took the ball from loose play out to young fly-half Ian Donkin, who turned the ball into Chub O’Neil to force his way through the opposition to touch down (0-5).

Both sides continued to share possession but five minutes from the break, Alnwick conceded a penalty 15 metres out. Berwick ran the ball clean through an Alnwick line which provided very little resistance for a converted try (7-5).

Following the break, Alnwick were awarded a penalty. Donkin converted to take a narrow lead (7-8).

Unfortunately, this was short-lived when Alnwick presented Berwick with the opportunity to kick an easy penalty (10-8).

Then, a fit of pique and handbags between two opposing forwards, including the Lions captain, resulted in yellow cards for each.

In their absence, the game turned very much to Alnwick’s advantage and several kicks downfield aided by the wind gave them territorial advantage and Alnwick were able to force the home side to concede a number of penalties, two of which Donkin converted (10-14).

Alnwick’s second try came following a period of pressure when James Hester broke through the Berwick defence (10-19).

Donkin finished off the scoring shortly afterwards with his final penalty-kick (10-22).