Dar­ling­ton show fight­ing qual­i­ties

The Rugby Paper - - National League 1 - By MAX MATHEWS

DAR­LING­TON’S rous­ing late comeback from 24-3 down ended their three­match los­ing streak.

Four min­utes in, a loose Dar­ling­ton pass in mid­field was in­ter­cepted by Max Coyle, who went over un­touched, Paul Roberts con­vert­ing for 7-0.

The fly-halves traded penal­ties, Roberts ex­tend­ing the lead be­fore War­ren Seals made it 10-3.

When prop Ralph Ap­pleby was sin-binned, Esher made their nu­mer­i­cal ad­van­tage count, Rob Dud­ley powering over and Roberts kick­ing the ex­tras for an in­ter­val lead of 17-3.

Still a man short, Dar­ling­ton were pun­ished out wide, Gra­ham Lo­gan scyth­ing through and Roberts bi­sect­ing the posts for 24-3.

Fol­low­ing a flurry of Dar­ling­ton penal­ties, Joseph Duffy broke off from a driv­ing maul to re­duce the deficit to 24-10 af­ter Seals added the two.

They scored again through Bran­don Ash­erWood, though Seals failed to con­vert.

Dogged Esher de­fence, mar­shalled su­perbly by Jack Cooke, held a man up over the line, but the re­sult­ing scrum was pushed over for a penalty try and 24-22.

In a fre­netic fi­nale, Seals knocked over a late penalty for 25-24.

An at­tempted kick out then al­most fell for an Esher at­tacker, but ag­o­nis­ingly bounced dead.

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