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Feversham Lens
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Dec 10, 2011, 5:47 PM

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

Saturday 10th December 2011
Stockton 34 Ryton 14 (HT 19-7)
Durham/Northumberland Division One
Admission 3 (including 4-page programme)
Attendance 50 (h/c)

No refreshments available

Illness (thanks so much to my de facto sister-in-law for the hideous cold) and chilly weather dictated a short hop today. Plans for a footy tick at either Clifton (CML) or Blaby and Whetstone Athletic (EMCL) were quickly abandoned in favour of a more sensible destination. Stockton RUFC is just 50 miles distant, has been on my list for a while and therefore got the nod. Another venue I somehow didn't manage to get to in five years of working on Teesside. Hardly worth the wait, to be honest. The ground is part of a rambling multi-sport complex in Norton which hosts football, rugby union, cricket, hockey and bowls. The site is bisected by a railway line. Many posters will be familiar with the place because Northern League Norton and Stockton Ancients have their ground in one corner of the site.

The RU ground, open, exposed and wholly unappealing, is next to the railway. There is a stand, a battered cantilever with three rows of wooden bench seats, positioned amidships on the north touchline. The remainder consists of uncovered softstanding. There aren't any floodlights and the pitch is railed off only on the sides. A rope does the job at the east end, and the club simply don't bother with a barrier at the west end. The clubhouse, usually the key element in any RU set-up, is about 400 yards away, and shared with the cricket club. Couldn't be bothered trekking round the cricket square for a look. Getting from the dressing rooms to the pitch entails a 150-yard walk. Hardly the most intimate of enclosures.

Stockton have been among the frontrunners in Durham/Northumberland Division One all season, but were made to work by lowly Ryton, who were game enough and kept going to the end, despite losing two players to serious injuries. Not, however, as serious as the nose bleed suffered by one their older supporters. The in-demand Ryton physio could not stem the copious flow and, in the end, an ambulance had to be called to cart the fella off to hospital. He looked ashen. Hope he's OK.

As RU goes, this was a fairly open game, albeit peppered with errors. 'Stock', as their fans called them, scored two converted tries in the first 13 minutes to lead 14-0. From then on, Ryton were always playing catch-up. The visitors hit back with a converted try, but conceded again to trail 19-7 at the break. The hosts added three tries to Ryton's one (a 50m sprint) in the second half. At Ryton's request, this fixture doubled as a Durham Intermediate Cup semi-final.

It cannot be much fun spectating at this venue, therefore little surprise the ageing crowd was so sparse.

(This post was edited by Feversham Lens on Dec 10, 2011, 6:45 PM)

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