It’s been a dramatic change in fortunes for Alnwick Colts this season.
At the start of the campaign, there were talks of them having to fold due to lack of numbers.
But, after managing to pull a team together, they have gone from strength to strength.
And they now lie top of their league, unbeaten, and in the semi-final of the County Cup.
Their fine form was epitomised at the weekend, when they beat Billingham Colts in a top-of-the-table clash.
Not only did the 46-26 victory send the Alnwick boys to the summit, but it was revenge against a Billingham side who did the double over the north Northumbrians last year.
Alnwick opened the scoring thanks to a Foy try, and Burn converted.
Billingham hit back with a touchdown, but the conversion was missed. Billingham scored their second try under the posts, which was converted.
Alnwick were next to score when Draper sped through for a try and Burn converted from the touchline.
Hume added to the score with a try, to give Alnwick a 19-12 advantage at half-time.
Billingham responded right after the break to level the scores at 19-19.
Alnwick regained the lead thanks to Burn, who scored near the posts and then converted his own try.
But Billingham came straight back and scored a great try and converted to tie the contest at 26-26.
The north Northumbrians would now steam ahead in this rollercoaster of a game.
Burn, in fine form with the boot, kept his nerve to score two penalties, giving Alnwick a 32-26 lead.
This seemed to knock the stuffing out of Billingham and Burn scored his second try and converted it.
Then Foy rounded off a five-backs move to score, which was converted by Burn to make the final score 46–26.
It made it eight wins out of eight for Alnwick in all competitions and matches they have played.
This includes a friendly and the County Cup.
Last season’s Colts just missed out on winning the County Cup, losing to Morpeth in the final.
This season, the Colts kicked off the cup campaign in fine fashion, thrashing Novos.
They ran in nine tries, including hat-tricks from Foy and Ridley, to romp to a 53-0 victory.
Other highlights this season include beating Morpeth in the league. Alnwick looked down and out of it at half-time, but they came out roaring in the second half and scored three well-worked tries straight after half-time before battling in defence to stop Morpeth from crossing the whitewash and they hung on for a 29-20 victory.
It all means that Alnwick go into a winter break unbeaten and at the top of the table.
The Colts would like to thank Tim Mather of Chocolate Grape Web Design and Mick Courty of MG Courty Builders and Joiners for their generous sponsorship of Alnwick Colts’ new strips and Coast and Country Cottages Ltd for the sponsorship of their dress shirts.
Thanks to Andrew Hodgson of Sportsworld Alnwick for organising the new kit.