Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Hats off to Tynedale in Cup Draw

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Hats off to Tynedale in Cup Draw

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Byline: By Alan Hedley

Tynedale will be at home to Northern in next Wednesday's Northumberland Cup semi-final.

The holders came out of the hat first in yesterday's draw while Berwick will be at home to Morpeth in the other semi-final.

In the County Senior Plate, the semi-final draw is North Shields v Wallsend and Gosforth v Novos, those ties also to be played next Wednesday night.

Results from Wednesday were: Northumberland Senior Cup: Percy Park 6 Tynedale 29, Ponteland 16 Berwick 40, Alnwick 3 Morpeth 17, Northern 64 Ashington 0. Northumberland Senior Plate: Medicals 11 Gosforth 29, Seghill 11 Novos 17, Wallsend 10 Whitley Bay Rockcliff 3.

Tynedale have named a squad for tomorrow's home National Division Three game at home to Bradford and Bingley.

They will be without flanker Rowan Brown, who is unavailable and lock Sean Tomes (injured) but former Falcons development squad player Chris Small, who hooked for Harrogate earlier this season, comes into the squad for the first time.

Blaydon take on bottom club Bedford Athletic and need to win that to ease their relegation worries and will give fitness tests to back row Andy Wright, second row James Houghton and prop Justin Clarke.

Ryton name their 43-year-old coach John Murray at fly-half in their Durham and Northumberland Division One league game against Durham City. Gerry Smith moves to full-back from the wing with Alex Williamson on the wing from flanker. Dave Lawson moves to hooker from prop while Dave Reed also returns at prop.

Sunderland, unbeaten in the league since September 4, take on Medicals, who inflicted that last defeat, 21-19, at Ashbrooke.

They make one change as winger Matt Goforth is unavailable and with both Michael Porter and Michael Lovstad being out injured, Graeme Towers is given a run out. for the firsts.

Scotland's Under-19 team to play England in the IRB Under-19 World Championship at King's Park, Durban today contains Chris Dunlop (Durham University) in the centre, Cameron Johnstone (Newcastle University) on the wing and Berwick's James King at fly-half.

Newcastle Falcons' Academy will be entering teams in four Sevens competitions in the Scottish borders during April. …

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