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Stockton
Novocastrians
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B Wollerton, G Humphreyson
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G Humphreyson
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G Humphreyson
Sat 11 Mar 14:00 - Northern Division - Durham & Northumerland 1

Novos 15, Stockton 20 - Important Bonus Point Secured

Novos moved six points clear of the danger zone after securing a losing bonus point with the last play of the game.

Novos travelled to a rather heavy Grangefield Academy to take on Stockton. The match was very competitive in all aspects and we started the game really well, pinning Stockton in their 22m. Despite this early pressure it was Stockton that gained the initiative on the scoreboard with a well struck penalty.
Our forwards were battling well a round the pitch but we were simply making to many unforced errors when we got possession. Stockton on the other hand were making the most of their opportunities and scored two good tries to make it 12-0 with a few mins to go. Again, we trapped them in their 22 from the kick off and eventually turned the ball over. Pressure led to Greg Humphreyson kicking a penalty to make it 12-3 at half time.
They start of the second half was very important an unfortunately our errors continued as we coughed up possession time and time again. Stockton stretched the lead out to 20-3 with just 12 mins to play.
In the last 10 mins passes finally started to stick and Ben Wollerton went in to make it 20-8. We were on top in the game now and Greg Humphreyson went in giving us a 20-15 bonus point loss.
Stockton played well and were able to control the tempo of the game via superior possession stats.
To our lads, it was great to see 18 year old Colt, Sam Dayson make his debut. He looks a promising young scrum half and we hope he enjoys his home debut against Barnard Castle next game. Unfortunately, as a team we made too many unforced errors which cost us in terms of flow and continuity.
Getting a bonus point with the last play might just be the difference in our season as we now go into the last four games with a six point gap between us and the relegation places. Of those four games, three of them are at Sutherland Park which will be incredibly important for us. It is in our hands and we know we can get 2-3 wins and finish well clear of the bottom two.

Key moments

15:00
Try Try for Stockton
20:00
Try Try for Stockton
21:00
Conversion Conversion for Stockton
30:00
Penalty Greg Humphreyson kicks a penalty for Novocastrians
50:00
Try Try for Stockton
60:00
Penalty Penalty kicked for Stockton
65:00
Try Ben Wollerton scores for Novocastrians
78:00
Try Greg Humphreyson scores for Novocastrians
79:00
Conversion Greg Humphreyson kicks a conversion for Novocastrians

Highlights

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79:00 Conversion 20 - 15
Greg Humphreyson kicks a conversion for Novocastrians
78:00 Try 20 - 13
Greg Humphreyson scores for Novocastrians
65:00 Try 20 - 8
Ben Wollerton scores for Novocastrians
60:00 Penalty 20 - 3
Penalty kicked for Stockton
50:00 Try 17 - 3
Try for Stockton
End of period 1
30:00 Penalty 12 - 3
Greg Humphreyson kicks a penalty for Novocastrians
21:00 Conversion 12 - 0
Conversion for Stockton
20:00 Try 10 - 0
Try for Stockton
15:00 Try 5 - 0
Try for Stockton
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As it happened

  • Stockton
  • Novocastrians
  • 0
  • Try 15:00'
  • Try 20:00'
  • Conversion 21:00'
  • Greg Humphreyson Penalty 30:00'
  • Try 50:00'
  • Penalty 60:00'
  • Ben Wollerton Try 65:00'
  • Greg Humphreyson Try 78:00'
  • Greg Humphreyson Conversion 79:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
8. Stockton 26 62
9. Gosforth 26 56
10. Medicals 26 53
11. Hartlepool Rovers 26 47
12. Novocastrians 26 44
13. Hartlepool 26 43
14. Ryton 26 2

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