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Feversham Lens
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Oct 15, 2011, 6:08 PM

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

Saturday 15th October 2011
Acklam 11 Darlington 24 (HT 3-12)
Durham Northumberland Division One
Admission Free
Programme 1 (8pp)
Attendance 105 (h/c)

Far too glorious a day to spend much of it in the car driving to a distant unvisited football ground, therefore I opted for a sublime morning walk in sunny Coverdale, followed by a rugby union 'tick' in Middlesbrough, with the trip south down the A19 to my York home completing an enjoyable triangle. Not the greatest game (even by rugby union standards), I have to say. Too many schoolboy errors from rivals in the top five of the division. You shouldn't be dropping the ball in perfect weather, and turnovers simply represent sloppy work. The referee blew up far too often, as well. Thankfully, there were at least some passages of fluid play. With ball in hand (rather than spilled on the floor), Darlington looked a decent side. They led 12-3 at half-time having run in two tries, the second in stoppage time. 'Dar' (as their fans called them) added another try immediately after the restart, and moved out to 24-6 just over the hour with a fourth touchdown, despite seeing their full-back sin-binned for a high tackle which denied the hosts a certain score. Acklam added to a brace of penalties with an unconverted try in the 69th minute, giving the final score the appearance of respectability, and the home officials seemed pleased to have given opponents tipped for promotion a run for their money.

Talbot Park (a short distance west of the A172 Middlesbrough-Stokesley road) doesn't have much in the way of facilities, though a superb 180 degree panorama looking north across Teesside is ample compensation. All the region's 'sights' are in view. These include the Tees Transporter Bridge, the Portrack Incinerator, the Newport Bridge, the clock tower of Middlesbrough's Gothic Town Hall and the steaming pyres of ICI Billingham. All the facilities are on the south touchline. The two-storey Saltersgill Pavilion (a posh way of describing an ugly red-brick box) houses the dressing rooms and bar/kitchen. In front, there is hardstanding, with a metal barrier separating spectators from players. There is also a small section of barrier at the west end. Two other pitches stretch away, towards the north, beyond the first team pitch. There's neither cover nor floodlights. Acklam, founded in 1976, have had quite a climb up the rugby union pyramid, and Talbot Park cannot have changed all that much from their early years.

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