MATCH REPORT: Darlington Mowden Park 17 – Rosslyn Park 28

Saturday 25 September 2021
Darlington Mowden Park 17- 28 Rosslyn Park

RPFC vs Darlington Mowden Park 2021

Rosslyn Park secured their fourth win of the season in a 17-28 win despite a spirited effort from Darlington Mowden Park at the Northern Echo Arena,

Arthur Ellis, Jared Saunders and captain Jack Gash scored three tries in a game that saw lots of indiscipline from both sides.

Ralph Appleby and Ben Frankland touched down for the away side which sees them lose their four opening games of the campaign.

Park slip to second in the table after not gaining the four try bonus point.

Park started the brightest with Owen Water slotting an early penalty kick inside the first five minutes.

The home side responded a few minutes later with Appleby finding a hole in the Park defence to touch down for the first try of the afternoon.

Park weren’t down for long as Ellis scored a try from a driving maul from a penalty.

DMP were down a man for a high tackle of Henry Robinson and Park’s driving maul saw Saunders score the try.

Park scored a classic try with both the forwards and backs combining to see their captain Gash waltz over for a try.

Waters scored a penalty just before the break to bring the lead out to 18 points at half time.

Ten minutes after the restart Waters slotted his third penalty of the afternoon which meant a mountain to climb for the home side.

Park started to lose their discipline which saw DMP hit back with a try of their own through Brandon Asher-Wood.

Park managed to withstand the waves of attack that DMP through at them. Ollie Dawe was sent to the bin and Ben Frankland crashed over for DMP’s third try of the afternoon.

Park had the chance to secure a bonus point but were unable to do so due to repeated handling errors.

DMP still surged forward in trying to secure a losing bonus point but Park prevented them from doing so.

Rosslyn Park
Tries: Ellis 13 Saunders 19, Gash 27
Conversions: Waters 20,28
Penalties: Waters 3, 32, 50'
Sin Bins:

Team (15-9/1-8): Henry Robinson, Will Foster, Nick Scott, Lewis Jones, Ben Howard, Owen Waters, Jack Gash©; Kyle Traynor, Jared Saunders, Austin Hay, Dylan Flashman, Gregor Gillanders, Henry Spencer , Arthur Ellis, Dan Laventure

Replacements: Ryan Jackson, Ollie Dawe, Josh Poole, Luke Baldwin, Harry Leonard

Darlington Mowden Park

Tries: Appleby 7, Asher Wood 58, Frankland 73
Conversions: Yandall 8
Sin Bins:

Team (15-9/1-8): Oscar Yandall, Brandon Asher-Woof, Paul Jarvis, Ben Frankland, Callum Mackenzie, Garry Law,Euan McKirdy; Alfie Barron, Carl Guset, Ralph Appleby, Talite Vaioleti, Dave Fisher, Grayson Maguire, Will Jones, Joe Craggs

Replacements: Josh Crickmay, George Shannon, Freddie Lockwood, Ollie Walker, Chris McTurk

HT: 7-25


  • Rosslyn Park’s fourth match sees them drop to second position in the National League One leaders as they failed to secure a bonus point.
  • Rams take the lead in the league after winning at home 29-11 over League strugglers Leeds Tykes
  • Cinderford are third in the championship after defeating Cambridge 41-26
  • Birmigham Moseley recorded their first loss of the season after losing to Chinnor at home.
  • Parks next opponents Bishops Storford secured their second win of the campaign defeating Taunton Titans 26-22
  • 49 tries were scored across the whole weekend of fixtures.

Bishop's Stortford preview

The Hertfordshire side will be Park’s second opponents at home this season. Stortford’s form this season reads two wins, one loss and one draw.

The last time these two met was at the Rock in December 2019 where Park ran out 38-16 victors over the away side that day.