B team crash Alnwick’s pirate party

Well, shiver me timbers! The Forest Hall Brigadeers carried off more than pieces of eight as they stumbled on a pirate party in the wilds of Northumberland on Wednesday – and extended their lead in Division 2 to 5 points with a swashbuckling 4-1 win over Alnwick A.

And the victory over Alnwick A (who play all their matches halfway at Morpeth) came despite the distraction of a fancy dress pirate party downstairs at the Morpeth Rugby Club.

Thankfully, no buccaneers gatecrashed the match upstairs, which finished as follows:

Forest Hall Brigadeers 4-1 Alnwick A

Alan Harvey ½ – ½ Phil Helmsley

Stuart Skelsey 1-0 George Ellames

Mark Younger 1-0 Paul Castledine

Paul Charlton ½ – ½ Ralph Firth

John Wall Jr 1-0 Joe Pharoah

Joe walks the plank

Johnny’s finish against Joe Pharoah was ‘very clinical’, according to team captain Paul Charlton. Black’s defences were not so much Blackburne or Blackbeard, as Captain Jack Sparrow, especially 11…Kf8, after which Joe was left to walk the plank.

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John Wall Jr (Forest Hall Brigadeers) – Joe Pharoah (Alnwick A)


The Buccaneers now lead Division 2 with 14 match points from 9 games, ahead of Newcastle University, who are on 9 match points, but have a full 3 games in hand. Who wins the league (and gets promotion to Division 1) will probably only be known after our next game, against Jesmond Rookies on March 31.