Newton Aycliffe RUFC 1st XV travelled to Wallsend who were sitting 2nd in division 3 of the Durham and Northumberland League. Feeling buoyant after the previous week’s success against South Shields. Throughout the match Aycliffe dominated the scrummaging and lineouts and in the early stages it was looking like Wallsend were depending on strong defence. Against the flow of play Wallsend were the first to score points from a try that was unconverted. Undeterred Aycliffe continued to win the set pieces and defended well when Wallsend took advantage of some mistakes.

Two further tries were scored by the home team to the demise of the visitors. Aycliffe lifted themselves in the second half when good forward pressure allowed flanker Neil Anderson to go over to score which was converted by Euan Kitching. Sadly, Aycliffe failed to capitalise on all their good work and some good defending by Wallsend prevented Aycliffe from adding to their score. Wallsend went on to win the match 25 – 7. Despite the defeat Aycliffe only dropped down one position and earlier success in the division has kept them in contention with only 1 point difference between Wallsend in 2nd place and Aycliffe sitting in 5th position.

The 2nd promotion spot looks like its going to be fought for all season by the top 6 teams with Redcar dominating the top position 8 points clear. Aycliffe wish to thank sponsor Honest John for their continued support throughout the season. Your contribution is always appreciated. Aycliffe have a rest this coming Saturday as do the whole league as world cup fever takes over. With England taking on South Africa in the prestigious world cup final in Japan the players and supporters will be singing Swing Low Sweet Chariot as they watch their tv’s at home or in pubs and clubs everywhere in the world or at the Yokohama stadium. Finally, a point to note. After the world cup final, Aycliffe will be hosting more Kids Rugby training from 12pm to 1.30pm at Newton Aycliffe Sports Club at Moore Lane.

All kids who fancy trying out this great sport from the ages of 8 to 16 will be made most welcome. It promises to be fun and educational so that hopefully in time the kids will give themselves the opportunity to take to the sport. Aycliffe are really keen to push the kids rugby initiative in hope that lots of kids can eventually develop into the sport during the planned Sunday more coaching sessions in the near future. If you have any queries concerning Kids Rugby at Aycliffe please contact our director of Rugby, Peter Ryans 07796 172599.