Alnwick rugby lose at Wirral, but 2nds sting Wasps
Alnwick Rugby Club 1sts were in league action on Saturday when they went down to a 32-15 defeat away to Wirral.
The defeat leaves Alnwick second from bottom of the Northern Premier League with 17 points (three winsd from 12 games played).
Wirral are tenth on 22 points whilst local rivals Morpeth sit one place above the Greensfield side, in 13th on 19 points.
This Saturday Alnwick play their final league game before the festive break when they take on top of the table Billingham at home, kick-off 2.15pm.
Meanwhile, Alnwick 2nds enjoyed a convincing 28-5 win against Middlesbrough Wasps in the Candy League.
On a windswept Greensfield, the 2nds began half an hour late as the referee had run out of petrol. However, it started in lively fashion with Cowans, a threat all afternoon at inside centre, interchanging with the up and coming Lowes before forcing the visitors to concede a penalty. An easy 3 points in front of the posts was spurned by Ord who elected to run the ball to no avail. He swiftly made up for this, fastening on to a loose ball and putting wing Davidson away for a try converted by Moir. 7-0
Not to be out done, Gaines, on the other flank, had a strong run halted with Middlesbrough winning the ball with impressive counter rucking. The visitors included some weighty forwards but Brown and Frost ensured that the scrum remained competitive throughout. Again from a forceful Cowans break, Alnwick scored through Captain Davies, a well-deserved try that was converted by Moir. 14-0.
Two further penalty attempts failed to increase the score before the half time whistle.
Middlesbrough began the second half with an unconverted try having earned a penalty on Alnwick’s 10m line. They opted for a scrum which Alnwick comfortably held but the visitor’s switched play to their left and the move bore fruit. 14-5.
Alnwick responded and bounced back in style with Davidson scoring behind the posts, leaving an easy conversion for 21-5.
With the rain sweeping down the pitch, hooker Liddle sealed a bonus point with a final converted try and allowed the hardy spectators to retire to the clubhouse. A good win on a foul afternoon by a mixture of youth and experience for 28-5