Mixed Fortunes for North Midlands

North Midlands RFU

Last Updated: Jan 6, 2015 01:23pm
Harvington, Wychavon
By Paul Bolton
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THERE were mixed fortunes for North Midlands and Staffordshire in the National Under 20 competitions today.

North Midlands booked their place in the quarter-finals of the National Under 20 Championship with a 27-5 win over Notts, Lincs & Derbyshire in freezing fog at Dudley Kingwinford.

Staffordshire were beaten 29-3 by Durham in the National Under 20 Shield, a result which means that they will now have to travel to play Warwickshire in the national quarter-finals on January 25.

North Midlands’ win means that their next Pool Two match against Eastern Counties at Peterborough on January 25 will determine who has home advantage in the Championship quarter-finals.

After defeat by Eastern Counties at Chesterfield in their opening pool match, NLD needed to beat North Midlands to have any hope of progressing to the last eight but they were undone by two first half tries from Hereford lock Gareth Jones.

A try from a driving line-out by Silhillians flanker Josh Gain stretched North Midlands’ lead and replacement wing Henry Martin of Harper Adams University secured the bonus point when he dribbled through and beat the cover defence.

NLD ended their campaign with a consolation try from Lincoln wing Jack Kinsey with the final play of the match.

At Longton Staffordshire were forced into four late changes by injuries suffered by players on club duty on Saturday and had to settle for a penalty from Lichfield’s Jack Fielding for their points.

Durham, who were beaten by Surrey in last season’s final, were again well-organised and their win secured a home quarter-final against Oxford University on January 25.


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