Eastern Counties lose to Durham in Billy Beaumont Cup

Charlie Pask

Charlie Pask - Credit: Archant

Eastern Counties were always second best in their final group game at Bury St Edmunds on Saturday, conceding seven tries to a Durham side that looked stronger in most aspects of the game.

Durham moved the ball around quicker, and made the most of Counties’ more frequent turnovers. A brief spell at the start of the second half apart, Counties only looked occasionally dangerous in broken play.

Durham took a second-minute lead with a pushover try, and although the hosts replied 10 minutes later with a penalty from Charlie Pask (Bury), Durham ran in three more unconverted tries to lead 20-3 at the interval.

Counties started the second half strongly, scoring a forwards’ try five minutes in through Jerone Awesu (Colchester), converted by Pask, but Durham scarcely allowed them a chance after that.

Pask landed a second penalty on 64 minutes, and Counties used all their replacements in a bid to change the game, but it always looked a lost cause. Durham tries were scored by Lewis Johnston (18, 30, 85), Paul Malcolm (2), Josh Forrester (39), Scott Powell (51), and Cameron Mitchell (70). Gavin Painter converted Mitchell’s try.

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Counties lost their opening group fixture 27-26 against East Midlands at Wellingborough last week, and finish bottom of the group.

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