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Durham & Northumberland Two / Re: results 30/09
« on: October 13, 2017, 08:02:32 PM »
One thing that has been noticeable over the past seasons in a lot of the posts and topics we have had is when a “junior club” becomes more successful the attitude of its followers/players becomes a tad opinionated and shall we say rude not just on here but in general. The same has been said of clubs who have headed in the opposite direction, once crossing swords higher up the union ladder who are less than gracious towards their opponents in the lower divisions.

Gracious and modest whether in winning or losing is always the best attitude to have regardless of which direction you or your club may be heading!

Durham & Northumberland Two / Re: Winlaton vulcans this season
« on: October 09, 2017, 06:41:16 AM »
We have a small squad of players at the Vulcans, there are a few good experienced players but we have a lot of younger players with little rugby pedigree yet.

Kevin Westgarth left before the season started but we have a new coaching team in place and numbers are ok for attendance. In both of the last games we were apparently in the game until the second half when inexperience and fitness allowed both opponents to pile on the points.

Truth is our 1st team is currently is more like a strong 2nd team and our most influential players of recent years are playing at other clubs, Blaydon, Ryton (yourself at Consett LG) and this is where most of them started their careers tbh. Injuries or unavailability to other more influential players makes for s tough time but on the day with everyone available we have a squad to win games.

Both coaches are working hard on team cohesion and it will come. There is a good atmosphere at the club and the squad are all friendly and socialise together so it isn’t all bad. They will improve and become a better team and players, until then.......

Durham & Northumberland One / Re: results 23/09
« on: October 03, 2017, 01:57:06 PM »
I reffed Gateshead v Barney on this particular day and let me tell you I got some serious stick from not only the large Gateshead crowd but also one "coach" in particular.

Guess what? Smile and get on with it, afterwards in the bar I got my own back on said coach and we shared a pint a pint while I reminded some of his team what he was like to play against. It was all done in the name of being passionate for his club, the result and the tension of a close, close game. I didn't take it personally and he was gracious enough to apologise (sort of) in the bar and tell me I had after all had a good game.

To be fair, Barney were great as well including their Alicks, players and coaches (they get a bad rub on here sometimes). Both teams produced a blistering game played at a flat out pace, on the edge in which the lead changed hands 5 times and I'm not ashamed to say I was puddled at the end.

I genuinely wouldn't like it any other way, proper blood stirring stuff full of passion on and off the pitch, as long as it doesn't go to far it's not a problem.

On the subject of  the Consett Chairman and his comments, I know him well, he does care passionately about his club and he will take the brickbats as well as dish it out.

Durham & Northumberland Three / Re: Results 30/9/17
« on: October 03, 2017, 01:44:56 PM »
My understanding is that there is now a degree of flexibilty to ensure fixtures get honoured and not scrapped. Darlington played a few games on a Friday night last season without any problems.

Wallsend are great club as are CLS, I know quite a few people in both clubs and I've no doubt a compromise will have been reached.

Durham & Northumberland One / Re: results 30/09
« on: October 01, 2017, 02:07:01 PM »
Standards are high in DN1 this season, top 5 look very strong and I bet there will be a few more results either way before the season is out.

Durham & Northumberland Two / Re: results 30/09
« on: September 30, 2017, 09:47:00 PM »
If the standard of refereeing is so poor why don’t those with that point of view do something positive about it?

Take up the whistle! That way any poor standards can be raised.

Durham & Northumberland One / Re: penalties
« on: September 24, 2017, 02:45:07 PM »
Of.course you're wrong Neil  :o

Durham & Northumberland One / Re: penalties
« on: September 24, 2017, 01:35:28 PM »

Durham & Northumberland Two / Re: Predictions 23/9
« on: September 22, 2017, 02:06:45 PM »
Sad Day when only VulcansHooker2 predicts a Winlaton home win.......come on Vulcans prove them all wrong!

Merit Leagues / Re: Hartlepool II 20 - 25 Barnard Castle II
« on: September 18, 2017, 09:00:08 PM »
I referee in Durham County so most games up to level 7 (D&N1).

Merit Leagues / Re: Hartlepool II 20 - 25 Barnard Castle II
« on: September 17, 2017, 07:39:43 PM »
Looking forward to reffing your game next week Screech, a nice local derby to boot.

Durham & Northumberland Two / Re: results 09/09
« on: September 10, 2017, 11:21:43 AM »
Not quite sure what's happening in West Gateshead but Blaydon and Ryton have lost both  opening games comfortably since relegation and Winlaton look like a shadow of last seasons team.

Maybe there are too many good players on the sidelines choosing to watch games rather than playing. You're a long time retired lads!

Durham & Northumberland Two / Re: results 2-9-17
« on: September 03, 2017, 08:43:08 AM »
Watched Ryton v Acklam yesterday, a game of 2 halves really.

Acklam in the first half were good, well organised and punched holes all over scoring done good tries.
Second half Ryton kept the ball a lot better stopped the risky offloads and made Acklam struggle at times but Ryton lacked a cutting edge. Scored a nice try towards the end though.

A friend of mine reffed the game and said he was a cut above anyone else on the pitch. It's nice when players who do well come back to play at their junior clubs, doesn't happen so much now.

Durham & Northumberland Three / Re: 19/8/17 Pre-season Friendlies
« on: August 20, 2017, 03:31:11 PM »
Winlaton 51 v 46 Houghton.

Good game but very much preseason fodder, impressed with Houghton's young backs who are quick and direct out wide. This may be a good season for Houghton if they can cut out the penalties.

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