Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Priorymen Start Year in Style

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Priorymen Start Year in Style

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GUISBOROUGH started their 2018 rugby campaign with a moraleboosting bonus point win against a resurgent Horden and Peterlee.

Using the wind advantage, the Priorymen scored three unanswered first-half tries through Michael McDougall, Mark Ferguson and Jack Robinson.

Horden and Peterlee stormed back into the game with three tries of their own early in the second half, using their bigger and heavier forwards.

However it was Guisborough's superior backs division who paved the way for a much needed win.

Alex Ruff and Phil Shields added tries before a late rally from the opposition saw them gain a trybonus point.

Sam Whyman took on kicking duties and added three conversions as his team won a hard fought contest by 31 points to 20 points Acklam had an even more convincing win as they ran home team Ashington off their feet in the second half, scoring almost at will to run up a resounding 76 - 10 victory.

The visitors were on the offensive right from the start - after a few minutes they were able to move the ball out wide to powerful winger Josh Abraham who burst through a number of tackles to score, converted by Danny Ashton. Twenty minutes later Abraham turned provider when he waited for a clever outside supporting run by Dean Roberts before putting him in.

Acklam pushed the home team's scrum off the ball shortly before half time allowing Marcus Sudron to give Abraham the opportunity to beat more would-be tacklers to go over again, with Ashton adding the extra two points.

While Acklam had been in control of the game in the first half, after the break they seemed to go up a couple of gears and Ashington couldn't live with it.

From a line out in the Ashington 22 Acklam worked the ball from side to side and centre Ricky Scott eventually forced his way over.

Ashington kicked the restart long but Acklam still ran it straight back and Dean Roberts ran superbly from his own 22 to score again.

Acklam's took a scrum from a penalty in the home 22 , they moved the ball wide, with number 8 Andy Dalton backing up well inside to go over.

From another Acklam scrum the ball was recycled a number of times before ending up with second row Tim Savage who charged in under the posts . …

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