Rugby: Newcastle's class shines through
NEWCASTLE remain top of Midlands Three West (North) after a hard-fought 27-12 win against Yardley and District.
The visitors belied their lowly status with a powerful display, but Castle's growing confidence saw them chalk up a third win in four outings.
Defences were on top in the opening half-hour, before Newcastle broke the deadlock.
They recycled quality ball through several phases before Kev Edwards sprinted clear to cross the Yardley line.
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Just before the break, Castle moved further clear with a Liam Bailey try, converted by Ash Martin, that made the score 12-0.
Yardley battled back in the early stages of the second half and reduced the deficit with a converted score.
Both sides had a player sin-binned as tempers frayed, but any home nerves were settled by a Josh Morris try.
Yardley hopes were finally killed off when Sam Evans out-paced their defence to score and Martin then added a penalty.
ECCLESHALL suffered their fourth successive defeat – and remain bottom – after losing 27-17 at Bloxwich.
UTTOXETER paid the penalty on their trip to Clee Hill in Midlands Four (West).
A solitary successful kick was the only action the scoreboard saw all afternoon in the home side's 3-0 win.
The decisive score came 10 minutes from time, and Uttoxeter's director of rugby, Donald Hayes, said: "We are still in shock over the result.
"We didn't see it coming, and I honestly think it was caused by lack of respect for the opposition."