Lucs Head Coach Ryan Watkins was desperately disappointed to see his charges lose this superb match against their top of the table opponents from the North East.

“It was an outstanding performance from the boys against a very good Tynedale outfit and to lose at the death by a couple of points makes it all the more disappointing. With a couple of tweaks I can see the side going forward as the season continues”.

This was a real seesaw affair with Dale scoring through David Cook with almost the first move of the match, but Lucs were back into the game with a Sam Boxhall penalty and a Guy Kirkby try after 20mins.

Tynedale backs were causing havoc however and excellent scores from David Batty and Nicolas Cairns, James Spencer converting both, saw the away side lead, before the excellent Boxhall scored a fine try following good work by Will Burton and Frank Kelly on half time to keep them in the game.

Luctonians 17 v 21 Tynedale  …  HT

Tynedale took the advantage early in the second half when their backs scored with breakthrough tries from deep, with Cook adding his second and Spencer adding to his tally with a touchdown and conversion.

The introduction of prop Joe White at half time galvanised the Lucs forwards and they totally dominated their opponents in the second half.

His presence along with his fellow forwards dragged Lucs back into the match and eventually into the lead with Frank Kelly and White himself adding tries before their forward dominance was rewarded with a Penalty Try with few minutes left on the clock.

Tynedale were not to be denied and despite the fantastic vocal support for the home side, Cairns again at the death quelled the Home side excitement to keep them in the hunt at the top of the table.

Luctonians 38 v 40 Tynedale  …  FT

Luctonians Scorers

Tries: Kirkby, Boxhall, Kelly, White, Penalty Try

Conv: Boxhall (5)

Penalty: Boxhall


Tries: Cook (3), Batty, Cairns (2)

Conv: Spencer (5)

Star Man

Joe White



Watkins, Knight, Barkley, Smith A, Kelly, Burton, Boxhall, Smith B, Kirkby, Street, Breese, Scott, Morell, Hackley, Cheshire

Replacements: Tawfik, White, Powell D, Robinson-Hall, Silver


Parker, Spencer, Walker, Miller, Cook, Taylor, Outson, Wilkinson, Blamire, Grant, Dunn, Snowdon, Cousin, Bell, Cairns

Replacements: Batey, Elliot, Davies, Richards, Hutton

Reporter: Geoff Vickress