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Feversham Lens
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Feb 12, 2011, 5:58 PM

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Re: [grumpydwarf] Where are you going - where did you go? RUGBY UNION or Reply Privately

Durham City 36 Old Crossleyans 11 (HT 14-6)
North One East
Admission: 4 (including 16pp programme - 12pp static; 4pp insert on today's game)
Attendance: 110 (h/c)


I abandoned plans to watch the National League Two North table-topper between Westoe and Leicester Lions. Westoe's Wood Terrace ground in South Shields was a swamp when I arrived, and the fixture was to be switched either to a 3G pitch at a local school or to neighbouring Jarrovians RUFC, with the visitors allowed to choose. Not for me, thanks. Wood Terrace looked a canny set-up and I'll return on a drier day.

The name of Durham City's ground, Hollow Drift, has always intrigued me, so I opted for that as my first-choice back-up - and the place lived up to its promise. The ground, where City have based themselves since 1885, is located in a picturesque wooded bowl close to the River Wear, the extensive university playing fields and the infamous prison. From the access road, there are fine views of the cathedral and the castle.

Highlight of Hollow Drift is the museum piece wooden stand on the west touchline. Opened in 1950, this has eight rows of bench seats and way too many roof columns. Grass banking on the east side and at the north end provide an enclosed feel to the ground. A red-brick clubhouse, three storeys high with a couple of balconies, is a modern and imposing presence in the north-east corner. There is a fabulous display of old team photographs on the walls of the bar, and cabinets of various shirts dating back to the early 1900s. The pitch, flat and broad, is railed off and there are mast floodlights.

The harshness of the winter meant this was poor City's first home match in three months. Ridiculous. Costly, too, as the friendly Durham officials explained. Loss of bar takings (a key element in any rugby union club's budget) has hit them hard. The pitch was heavy, but grassy and eminently playable, though a shortage of hardstanding resulted in a certain amount of mud paddling for spectators.

City full-back Rob Smith was the star of the show, scoring four of his side's five tries in a contest between mid-table teams I expected to be much closer. Old Crocs, from Halifax, didn't really put much together in attack until the last quarter - and then fouled up two clear try-scoring opportunities with sloppy handling. They also shot themselves in the foot during the second half by having a player sin-binned. The visitors' solitary try came in stoppage time and was mere consolation.

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