The Year 7 football team continued their excellent progress against Dame Allan's.
Particular highlights of the game were the whole team’s work rate and how everyone was always looking to move the ball into space. NSB controlled the early stages of the game, having a number of dangerous attacks from both wings but could not find the final ball to break the deadlock. The deadlock was eventually broken through a fantastic long range effort from Yazin A. It stayed 1-0 at half time with Marni E having very little to do, which was mainly down to the excellent defensive work from Hamish A, Faraz I and Oliver P.
NSB continued to dominate in the second half and had a number of chances to extend their lead but were wasteful in front of goal. In the final stages of the game, NSB were awarded a penalty after a Dame Allan’s defender handled the ball in the area, and Alrifaiey calmly stepped up to make it 2-0.
The game finished 2-0 and the standard of performance from the boys shows how much progress the whole team is making.
The Year 7 football team got their league campaign underway against Walker. NSB started the game well and opened the scoring through Joseph T after forcing a mistake in Walker's defence. Walker responded well scoring two goals, one from the penalty spot and another from long range. NSB levelled the scores just before half time after Nicholas S' cross ended up lobbing Walker’s goal keeper into the back of the net.
After half time, Walker started the better of the two sides and scored a quick fire double to make the score 4-2. NSB’s response to falling behind again was excellent, they didn’t panic and played some excellent passing football. Their excellent play was rewarded in the final stages of the game with further goals from Sykes and Taylor making the final score 4-4.
The boys showed real resilience coming from behind twice in the game to rescue a point. Well done the whole team.
The Under 15 rugby team overturned a 21-5 half time deficit to win 29-26 against a very strong Queen Elizabeth High School, Hexham team.
Hexham started well and had a clear size advantage, although some excellent tackling by centres Euan D and Jose B kept them at bay. Despite some stout defence, Hexham scored first. Shortly afterwards, excellent hands by half back Alex L and Dan B moved the ball wide to Lewis R who finished smartly. Hexham then enjoyed a period of sustained pressure with their outstanding full back and number 8 to the fore as they stretched out to 21-5.
In the second half, some positional changes helped NSB to enjoy more possession. Sam P and Jake S made several telling breaks before excellent support play by the back rowers led to tries by Tristan S and Oliver F. Josh L was probing from fly half and good hands by him and William V led to Sam P diving over. With two minutes remaining, NSB took the lead with a second Sommersall try and, with the final play, it was Peter playing against several of his Tynedale clubmates who overturned a ruck to win the game.
NSB will now play Bede Academy or Durham Johnston School in the final.