Mow­den miss out as Black­heath make it count

DMP ................ 24 Black­heath ..29

The Rugby Paper - - National League 1 - By KEVIN ROBIN­SON

DAR­LING­TON Mow­den Park were left to rue poor dis­ci­pline and a se­ries of missed chances as a clin­i­cal Black­heath sealed vic­tory in the north east.

Af­ter an early Black­heath penalty from Joe Tar­rant, Mow­den re­sponded when winger Shaun Mc­Cart­ney weighed in with a good try af­ter some en­ter­pris­ing play by cen­tre War­ren Seals, who con­verted.

Mow­den took hold of the game and, within a fur­ther ten min­utes, dou­bled their tally when Seals broke into vis­it­ing ter­ri­tory, dum­my­ing and car­ry­ing the ball be­fore of­fload­ing to Cana­dian in­ter­na­tional Matt Heaton to touch down.

Mow­den were to rue all the pres­sure to the break, when pro­duc­ing no ad­di­tions to the score, de­spite be­ing camped on the vis­i­tors’ five-me­tre line and miss­ing sev­eral op­por­tu­ni­ties to do so.

Black­heath, though be­hind, did look dan­ger­ous be­hind the scrum, and it was no sur­prise on re­sump­tion of play that, af­ter a poor start from the home side at the restart, the vis­i­tors cap­i­talised with a soft try from winger El­liott Cle­ments-Hill.

Some se­cond-half scrum dom­i­nance from Black­heath led to a penalty try, as the home side were ad­judged to have in­fringed as the vis­i­tors’ scrum ap­proached the home try line.

Seals replied with a penalty to level the scores, but there then fol­lowed a

blow to the home side when re­place­ment prop Ig­nis Dark­in­tis was straight red arded for re­tal­i­a­tion af­ter be­ing held down by an op­po­si­tion lock.

Black­heath took ad­van­tage and Bir­cham scored a well-worked try for the vis­i­tors.

Mow­den were forced to push the pace and in do­ing so, over-ex­tended, with a for­ward throw­ing out a spec­u­la­tive pass, which was in­ter­cepted by vis­it­ing winger Lloyd, who raced in un­op­posed un­der the posts, Tar­rant slot­ting an easy con­ver­sion.

Mow­den fran­ti­cally picked up the pace as the clock counted down but could not find a way back into the game as the vis­i­tors held out for a hard-fought vic­tory.

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