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Feversham Lens
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Nov 12, 2011, 6:21 PM

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

Saturday 12th November 2011
Billingham 57 Northern 3 (HT 21-3)
North One East
Admission 4 (including 16pp programme)
Attendance 140 (h/c)
Tea (in a large cardboard cup) 1

Northern had no answer to North One East leaders Billingham's pace, slick handling and direct running. My goodness, it was almost like watching a rugby league team! Star of the show was home full-back Peter Evans, who scored four tries (all from distance) and kicked six conversions for a personal tally of 32 points. In the opening 10 minutes there was no sign of what was to come because Newcastle-based Northern spent them camped in the Billingham 22. But the visitors were too one-paced and predictable to make count their possession - and they had plenty throughout an open contest. In all, the dominant Teessiders ran in nine tries.

The Chap Next To Me turned out to be Evans's grandfather. The lad (21, I was told) began with Newcastle Falcons as a 14-year-old, but left three years later when the club suggested he should go to university. How a degree improves one's ability to play rugby union, I'm not sure. He joined Billingham, who found him a job as a plasterer. Evans has since been approached by Blaydon (who offered him 175 a week) and Darlington Mowden Park (75 a week), but he has stayed put because he feels obligated to Billingham over his employment. A commendable attitude. I'll drop York RLFC a line about this prospect. He's made for rugby league, in which he would see much more of the ball, benefit from playing on harder surfaces in summer, and relish the increased space on the pitch 13-a-side produces.

Not, I have to say, a particularly inspiring set-up. Very close to Billingham Synthonia FC, the Greenwood Avenue ground, used formerly by now-defunct Teesside Steelers ARLFC, has four pitches. The first XV pitch, though floodlit, lacks cover and hardstanding. A two-storey clubhouse (opened in 2002, with bar and refreshments on the first floor) is positioned behind the sticks at the south end, and its balcony provides an excellent view of the action. The pitch is roped off on each side, with permanent barriers at both ends.

Uniquely in my hopping experience, kick-off was preceded by a minute's silence to salute the casualties of war and then a minute's applause in a memory of a Billingham U12s player who, according to the programme, died last week after a long battle against illness.

(This post was edited by Feversham Lens on Nov 12, 2011, 8:39 PM)

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