Cramlington Rockets U13s go top with home win

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An under-strength Cramlington Rockets side powered past Whitley Bay Barbarians 32-22 to go top of the table.

The home side started by slicing through the Bay defence with under-12 player Alex Donaghy scoring under the posts, with captain for the day Josh Dixon adding the two points.

Rockets proved to be in a relentless mood and Kieron Arthur capitalised out wide to score a try which Dixon again converted.

Whitley Bay hit back from a penalty from ten metres out, diving under the defence to score an unconverted try.

Debutant Donaghy was back at it a few minutes later with another try, gliding over in the corner for his second, before adding a third down the left with the last play of the half to take the score to 20-4.

Straight after the break, the Rockets knocked on inside their own 20 and Whitley Bay battered away at the defence but to no avail.

The home side then threw everything at Barbarians with Dixon leading from the front alongside prop Luke Giles.

The defence was strong but after 12 tackles on the Rockets’ line, Whitley Bay sneaked over for a six-point try.

The Rockets took the play back down into the Whitley half as Arthur managed to shrug off the attention of several defenders to go over for his second try, Dixon making no mistake with the conversion.

Whitley Bay scored from a scrum close to the line and unfortunately a penalty was conceded by the Rockets as the visitors scored, meaning they were giving the chance to add another two points, which they took.

With the gap narrowed to only eight points, the Rockets carried hard into the Whitley Bay half and started to turn the screw on their line before Nathan Allen dived over for his first try for the club.

With time almost up, another Rockets infringement gave Whitley Bay one more chance, which they took to leave the final score at 32-22.

“The boys proved today that they can take the points when it mattered and I think the score line doesn’t reflect the dominance we had in defence,” said head coach Jeff Ball.

“We were missing a few key players but it was an opportunity for others to step up and I’m pleased to say several did.”