DEPLETED Durham City were blown away by rampant table-toppers West Hartlepool in a 15-try avalanche in North One East on Saturday.
City’s chances did not look good from the start, with a second row forward playing on the wing, but their half-hearted effort certainly helped send them to a 91-13 humiliation.
Gareth Foreman grabbed 41 points for West, from five tries and eight conversions, while Andrew Cheslin weighed in with four scores.
City fell behind in the opening five minutes, but rallied after West’s third try, with stand-off Adam Morton taking a quick throw and centre Chris Metcalfe having an easy run-in from 30-odd metres.
City almost scored again after good breaks by Morton and Grant Lowes, but Cheslin pulled off a superb cover tackle.
Lewis Groves added a penalty, and it was only 24-8 at half-time, but City dismally capitulated in the second half, conceding 11 more tries before responding at the death with a consolation try from skipper Kevin Showler, who completed a catch and drive from an attacking line-out in the dying seconds.