Durham City too strong for Hartlepool Rovers

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DURHAM City convincingly outgunned bottom club Hartlepool Rovers 37-7 to move within eight points of third-top Cleckheaton in North One East on Saturday.

The Hollow Drift men ran in five tries to Rovers’ one at the Friarage to start the second half of their league campaign in super style – proving too strong, too quick and too good for their hosts.

Winger Paul Armstrong dashed over for City’s first try, adding to Lewis Groves’ 15th-minute penalty in front of the posts.

Prop Kenny Reader finished off a sweeping 50-yard move, then hooker Mike Hay got the touchdown after Durham drove to the home line from an attacking line-out, with two straightforward Groves penalties extending the interval lead to 23-0.

Durham added two superb second-half tries, Arnie Stevenson getting on the end of a brilliant Howard Johnson offload to race under the posts and full-back Rob Smith finished off a fine move.