Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

PRIORYMEN TOP THE TON TO GRAB GLORY; PETER GRIFFITHS Throws the Spotlight on the Local Rugby Scene Coach Hails Super Show

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

PRIORYMEN TOP THE TON TO GRAB GLORY; PETER GRIFFITHS Throws the Spotlight on the Local Rugby Scene Coach Hails Super Show

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Byline: PETER GRIFFITHS

CENTURIONS Guisborough grabbed the headlines with a 102-10 home win over Hartlepool Athletic.

Both teams have been mixing it mid-table with pretty mundane results but this must have fired the Belmangate squad into a sense of self-belief they have been looking for since their drop to Durham and Northumberland Three.

Neither coach Paul McCluskey or skipper Matty Flint could put his finger on the catalyst that ignited it all.

McCluskey said: "We had a good balanced team and Thomas Crown had an outstanding first team debut.

"Joe Bosomworth also made his first team debut and scored twice."

Flint added: "That was the strongest team we have had out for 18 months since I have been captain and I am thrilled. Unless someone corrects me I think this result is a club record."

Guisborough scorers were Steve Scott (3), James Clark, Tom Nelson, Tom Rose, Ed Richardson, Mann, Devenport, Horton (4), Hooker, and Bosomworth (2).

Clark kicked six conversions and Lee Richardson two.

McCluskey acknowledged the Athletic approach, saying: "Heads never went down and to be honest I cannot take anything away from them."

Billingham were pleased with their 49-15 home win at home to Pontefract in a good team display.

They remain third in the table having recovered from a threematch bad spell.

Try scorers were Craig Shepherd (2), Paul Shepherd (2), C Hyndman, P Evans, J Evans, M Dixon, D Dixon with Peter Evans kicking two conversions.

Club spokesman Barrie Woodhouse said: "We pulled them apart with great open play in the end and the tackle count made interesting reading."

Perhaps it could be described as a 'comfortable' afternoon at Acklam as things went much as expected with top-of-the-table Hartlepool grinding out a 34-12 win.

Ex-West Hartlepool and Stockton man Alan Brown is top dog there these days with the dual role of captain and coach.

New Zealander Brett Cullinane is hooking and the whole operation looks clinical, analysed while their travelling support is fantastic. …

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