Washington rugby club blow chance for revenge

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AFTER being thrashed 32-0 in the reverse fixture four weeks ago, Washington were determined to set the record straight against Bishop Auckland 2nds.

And the Newtowners took the game straight to Bishop, harrassing them at every opportunity and entrenching themselves in the visitors’ half of the pitch for most of the first half.

Washington took the lead on 25 minutes with a penalty from Ollie Clewes.

However, Bishop equalised with a penalty in front of the post.

For the first time this season, Washington’s scrum was dominant throughout the game, stealing ball and driving Bishop back.

Newcomer Luke Robson in the second row commanded the line-outs for the home team, allowing the backs to run Bishop ragged.

However, against the run of play, Bishop took the lead with an easily-kicked penalty and went into half-time 6-3 up.

Mike Lawrence came on at full-back and Jon Crosby played only his second match at loose head prop.

The second half started in the same vein, with Washington dominating all aspects of the game, but being denied by Bishop’s dogged defence.

A well worked backs’ move was finished by Lawrence at the corner flag and put Washington 8-6 ahead.

But soon after, Tony Stevens mis-kicked the ball into the dead ball area, with two Bishop players beating Alan Telford to the touchdown to make it 11-8 to Bishop Auckland.

Washington’s Alan Telford crossed the line to score from a pop pass by George Spencer, but it was controversially disallowed by the referee for a forward pass.

Chris Cumming then peeled off the back of the scrum and placed the ball on the line amongst a mass of defenders, only for the referee to decide it had been held up.

This was repeated a minute later as George Spencer crossed the line from a counter-ruck only to be denied.

H ANYONE interest in joining Washington should contact Neil Young on 07766 411176 or visit www.washingtonrfc.co.uk