Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Priorymen Bounce Back with Superb Victory

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Priorymen Bounce Back with Superb Victory

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Byline: JONATHON TAYLOR @JonathonTaylor1

GUISBOROUGH provided the perfect response to last weekend's derby setback as they racked up almost a half-century of points at local rivals Hartlepool Rovers.

The Priorymen, who fell to a sapping 35-0 defeat at Stockton seven days earlier, produced a dazzling seven-try exhibition of attacking rugby to brush aside the hosts and cruise to a 48-19 away day success.

James Clark, Mark Ferguson and Liam Corcoran put the Belmangate outfit in control of the game in the first half - and it was Ferguson who stole the limelight with a fine individual try, running from his own 22-metre area and breaking through several tackles before touching down near the posts.

It wasn't all plain sailing for the visitors, who had Sam Whyman red carded early into the second half for an alleged spear tackle, but this didn't deter Guisborough as they ran in another three tries through Jack Robinson, Rob Leggott and Phil Shields, before Corcoran grabbed his second late on.

Clark rounded off an impeccable kicking display with five conversions and a penalty.

In the same division, with 50-yearold player-coach Paul Lee dictating play from fly-half for the first hour, Stockton secured a comfortable 26-5 win at Gosforth.

But the gap between the sides could have been even larger after what was an excellent overall team display.

Tries from flanker Liam Healey, departing Italian prop Jacopo di Iorio, skipper Charlie Doherty and centre Jonny Horner secured Stockton's bonus point win, with the latter also nailing three conversions before Gosforth's late consolation.

Meanwhile Redcar travelled to promotion-chasing Barnard Castle in Durham and North One with only 16 players, and the under-strength Seasiders found themselves under pressure from the outset as they went down 69-5. Richie Young's side managed to hold out against the hosts until the eleventh minute, before Barney scored their opening try after a quick-tapped penalty.

Two quick-fire tries followed soon after, but Redcar finally managed to get their hands on the ball on 25 minutes and scored their only score of the game after a hard-worked move involving more than 10 phases.

Winger Craig Newlands was the scorer as he dotted down in the corner, but that was followed by a string of penalties in the home side's favour to leave the scoreline at a flattering 31-5 at the half-way stage.

In the second half, Barney pushed further ahead with four uninterrupted tries, and as the clock ticked down, the scoreboard continued to tick over as Redcar toiled on what proved to be a difficult afternoon for the Teessiders.

Elsewhere, Billingham produced a scintillating away performance at Birkenhead Park in the North Premier to re-establish their top-four credentials. …

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