1st XV - Match centre

Bradford & Bingley
Durham City
H Jeffrey, L Devittoris (2), T Booth
Full time
Unknown, Unknown, Unknown
Unknown, Unknown
A Mitchell
Unknown
Sat 22 Apr 15:00 - Northern Division - North 1 East

Bees 23-22 Durham City

Bees snatch victory from the jaws of defeat

A penalty from Adam Mitchell right at the death saw the Bees snatch a win and confirm their sixth place finish in North One East, in a game which they looked to have thrown away as their relegated visitors were the better team for much of the second half.

An end of season game with nothing at stake could have been a complete damp squid, but this game was far from that as both sides set at about playing the game with some real pace and both sides varied tactics, letting forwards and backs have a run with the ball.

The first half belonged to the Bees and the second to Durham City, but it was the visitors who took an early lead with a penalty. The Bees then began to find their forward gears and were quickly in the ascendant and thoroughly deserved their early score as second rower, Harry Jeffery, powered his way over the line. The Bees were playing without a recognised kicker and the kick from out wide was always going to be a challenge and all four conversions were missed on the day, along with a couple of eminently kickable three pointers, which would have seen the home side home and dry without the last minute drama of Mitchell's kick.

On 9 minutes the Bees collected a second try as youngster Luca Devittoris was put into a slight space on the right touchline, pinned his ears back and tore along the right touchline. A shuffle of his feet saw DeVittoris past the final defender and over the whitewash for a superbly taken score.

10 three to the home side with less than 10 minutes on the clock. The Bees continued to hold the upper hand and despite some valiant attempts to break free by the visitors, the game was largely dictated by the Bees.

As the game finished the first quarter, skipper Tom Booth was able to dance over from close range, putting 15 points on the board. Eight minutes later, DeVittoris collected another score after a neat backline move put him in space and the Bees appeared to cruising to a comfortable victory. However, having engaged cruising mode, the home side now allowed their visitors to start playing some nice rugby and from the half hour mark for the next thirty minutes, Durham looked the better side and were back in the game and then suddenly in front through three tries, one of which was converted.

As the clocked ticked on, the Bees upped the energy levels and began to make inroads into Durham territory. There were several penalties which gave the Bees excellent field position, but none of the lineouts the Bees took resulted in anything on the scoreboard. The Bees also elected to go for goal and missed a couple of shots at the posts which a regular kicker would be expected to land.

Dom Copsey stepped up for what appeared to be a final chance to claim victory as it appeared more than 80 minutes had gone. Copsey missed that shot at goal, but as the Bees got the ball back and continued to press the away defensive line, the referee spotted another Durham infringement and Mitchell stepped up to the tee to spare his sides blushes.
Nick Patterson

Key moments

2:00
Penalty Penalty kicked for Durham City
5:00
Try Harry Jeffrey scores for Bradford & Bingley
9:00
Try Luca Devittoris scores for Bradford & Bingley
20:00
Try Tom Booth scores for Bradford & Bingley
28:00
Try Luca Devittoris scores for Bradford & Bingley
40:00 +2:00
Try Try for Durham City
47:00
Try Try for Durham City
48:00
Conversion Conversion for Durham City
65:00
Try Try for Durham City
66:00
Conversion Conversion for Durham City
80:00 +2:00
Penalty Adam Mitchell kicks a penalty for Bradford & Bingley

Highlights

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80:00 +2:00 Penalty 23 - 22
Adam Mitchell kicks a penalty for Bradford & Bingley
78:00 Missed Penalty
Dom Copsey misses a penalty for Bradford & Bingley
71:00 Yellow Card
Yellow card for Durham City
66:00 Conversion 20 - 22
Conversion for Durham City
65:00 Try 20 - 20
Try for Durham City
64:00 Sub On
Harry Jeffrey is substituted on for Bradford & Bingley
64:00 Sub Off
Max Mountain is substituted off for Bradford & Bingley
58:00 Sub On
Conner Capper is substituted on for Bradford & Bingley
58:00 Sub Off
Ryan Wilson is substituted off for Bradford & Bingley
55:00 Sub Off
Harry Jeffrey is substituted off for Bradford & Bingley
55:00 Sub Off
Manny Riaz is substituted off for Bradford & Bingley
55:00 Sub On
Tom Booth is substituted on for Bradford & Bingley
55:00 Sub On
Sam White is substituted on for Bradford & Bingley
49:00 Missed Penalty
Adam Mitchell misses a penalty for Bradford & Bingley
48:00 Conversion 20 - 15
Conversion for Durham City
47:00 Try 20 - 13
Try for Durham City
End of period 1
40:00 +3:00 Missed Conversion
Conversion missed for Durham City
40:00 +2:00 Try 20 - 8
Try for Durham City
37:00 Sub On
Max Mountain is substituted on for Bradford & Bingley
37:00 Sub Off
Tom Booth is substituted off for Bradford & Bingley
32:00 Sub On
Michael Crotch is substituted on for Bradford & Bingley
32:00 Sub Off
Sam White is substituted off for Bradford & Bingley
29:00 Missed Conversion
Adam Mitchell misses a conversion for Bradford & Bingley
28:00 Try 20 - 3
Luca Devittoris scores for Bradford & Bingley
21:00 Missed Conversion
Adam Mitchell misses a conversion for Bradford & Bingley
20:00 Try 15 - 3
Tom Booth scores for Bradford & Bingley
13:00 Yellow Card
Ryan Wilson is yellow carded for Bradford & Bingley
10:00 Missed Conversion
Dom Copsey misses a conversion for Bradford & Bingley
9:00 Try 10 - 3
Luca Devittoris scores for Bradford & Bingley
6:00 Missed Conversion
Dom Copsey misses a conversion for Bradford & Bingley
5:00 Try 5 - 3
Harry Jeffrey scores for Bradford & Bingley
2:00 Penalty 0 - 3
Penalty kicked for Durham City
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Bradford & Bingley
  • Durham City
  • 0
  • Penalty 2:00'
  • Harry Jeffrey Try 5:00'
  • Luca Devittoris Try 9:00'
  • Ryan Wilson Yellow Card 13:00'
  • Tom Booth Try 20:00'
  • Luca Devittoris Try 28:00'
  • Sam White Sub Off 32:00'
  • Michael Crotch Sub On 32:00'
  • Tom Booth Sub Off 37:00'
  • Max Mountain Sub On 37:00'
  • Try 40:00 +2:00'
  • Try 47:00'
  • Conversion 48:00'
  • Harry Jeffrey Sub Off 55:00'
  • Manny Riaz Sub Off 55:00'
  • Tom Booth Sub On 55:00'
  • Sam White Sub On 55:00'
  • Ryan Wilson Sub Off 58:00'
  • Conner Capper Sub On 58:00'
  • Max Mountain Sub Off 64:00'
  • Harry Jeffrey Sub On 64:00'
  • Try 65:00'
  • Conversion 66:00'
  • Yellow Card 71:00'
  • Adam Mitchell Penalty 80:00 +2:00'

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