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Promotion play-off drama

Promotion play-off drama

Promotion play-off drama

Promotion play-off drama

Promotion play-off drama

Promotion play-off drama

Promotion play-off drama

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DARLINGTON Mowden Park have done it. In the most dramatic climax imaginable they clinched promotion to National One, the third tier of English rugby.

They won the play-off against Ampthill, the visitors from Bedfordshire, 30-28 after extra time, which was needed with the scores level at 25-25 after 80 minutes.

With an extra ten minutes each way to be played, Ampthill went ahead in the first period through a penalty and looked certain to hang on.

But Mowden were in possession when time ran out and the referee could not blow for time until there was a break down in play. They continually recycled the ball for four minutes, knowing that one knock-on would end it, and were finally awarded a penalty five metres from the line.

South African scrum half Zylon McGaffin took it quickly and scrambled over the line for the sweetest of parting gifts in his final game for the club, prompting scenes of jubilation from another bumber crowd at The Northern Echo Arena.

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2:53pm Sun 4 May 14

RealLivin says...

Congratulations to Mowden Park and while not the "Darlington" every one expected to gain promotion, they are at last burying the "George Reynolds" legacy and creating their own at the stadium. For those not aware Rugby National 1 is the equivalent of the football Division 1, with only the Championship between them and the Premiership, Hopefully Mowden Park can raise their game to this level and keep working their way up the leagues.
The Arena is now the largest Rugby club stadium in the country (Twickenham in not a club ground) and with the world cup coming and group games a St James Park we could have some international names popping in. Rockcliffe hall is the best high class hotel in the North East great for travelling internationals, it has MFC training grounds next to it and a great Rugby club 5 minutes away, this will not have gone unnoticed by those involved in planning the world cup or by Mowden Park.
I havent see any figures for Saturdays game but 3,750 for the Macclesfield game was great, for those who may think Rugby and football fans are the same, facts are fans are mixed in stands, its a family event and you can have a beer while watching and the rough stuff stays on the pitch and while we still complain at the ref, respect is shown a good message to all youngsters, Darlington has enough sports fans to support Football and Rugby, lets help Mowden Park raise their game and progress.

Congratulations again to Mowden on their Promotion
Congratulations to Mowden Park and while not the "Darlington" every one expected to gain promotion, they are at last burying the "George Reynolds" legacy and creating their own at the stadium. For those not aware Rugby National 1 is the equivalent of the football Division 1, with only the Championship between them and the Premiership, Hopefully Mowden Park can raise their game to this level and keep working their way up the leagues. The Arena is now the largest Rugby club stadium in the country (Twickenham in not a club ground) and with the world cup coming and group games a St James Park we could have some international names popping in. Rockcliffe hall is the best high class hotel in the North East great for travelling internationals, it has MFC training grounds next to it and a great Rugby club 5 minutes away, this will not have gone unnoticed by those involved in planning the world cup or by Mowden Park. I havent see any figures for Saturdays game but 3,750 for the Macclesfield game was great, for those who may think Rugby and football fans are the same, facts are fans are mixed in stands, its a family event and you can have a beer while watching and the rough stuff stays on the pitch and while we still complain at the ref, respect is shown a good message to all youngsters, Darlington has enough sports fans to support Football and Rugby, lets help Mowden Park raise their game and progress. Congratulations again to Mowden on their Promotion RealLivin
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