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New Earswick All Blacks down but not out at Upton
10:00am Tuesday 17th September 2013 in Sport
New Earswick All Blacks suffered defeat in their opening Pennine League championship game but the 24-10 loss at Upton did not reflect the closeness of the duel.
All Blacks travelled to the match with only 13 players with all playing with pride and passion throughout the game.
Upton took the lead after seven minutes with a converted try, but All Blacks responded with winger Dean Layton crossing in the corner after a long pass from half-back Liam Gargan. Tom Holmes added the extras.
All Blacks were reduced to 12 men due to a sin-binning but only conceded on the stroke of half-time with a converted try to trail 12-6.
All Blacks were reduced again to 12 during which time the hosts crossed in the corner for an unconverted try.
Then the visitors had to play the remainder of the match with 12 men due to injury.
While Upton extended their lead with a converted try, the battling All Blacks did not give up.
There was a dismissal for a home player and the All Blacks narrowed the gap to 12 points after with prop Jack Stearman powered over.
The final say went to Upton, who ton sealed victory with a penalty five minutes from time.
The All Blacks man of the match was Stearman backed up well by hooker Jack Carling and Gargan.
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