TYNEDALE Colts have finished their 15-a-side season in fine style by lifting the Northumberland County Colts Cup.

The U18 team impressed during their 39-27 cup final win over Percy Park at Kingston Park, the home of Newcastle Falcons.

The win demonstrated the talent within Tynedale’s youth ranks, with the side bringing home the trophy less than a year after reaching the final of the National Colts Cup.

Conditions were perfect for Sunday’s encounter, and both sides played their part in a high quality match in front of an enthusiastic crowd.

Percy Park were quick out of the blocks from the kick off and confidently moved the ball wide to make inroads into the Tyne half.

The positive approach brought them two early unconverted tries, while Tynedale were still settling into the game.

Eventually the blue and whites got their hard running and driving game going, and after a well organised catch and long 20m drive from a line-out, they got on the scoreboard with a converted try.

Unfortunately, the good work was undone immediately with loose play from the kick off giving possession back to Percy Park who scored another unconverted try.

This appeared to rouse Tynedale, and after an extended period of pressure in the Percy Park 22, they picked up a try and a penalty to level the scores at 15-15, at half time.

With the benefit of fresh legs from the bench, Tynedale felt confident enough to expand their game and began to move the ball wider after continued direct running closer to the breakdowns.

At this point, Tyne were dominating and used the breeze well to keep Park in their own half and took advantage of holes appearing in the defence to score four further towards the end of the game, to secure the victory.

It was a superb all-round squad performance in what was a highly entertaining closely fought game.

Tynedale deserved their victory, but Percy Park played their part. Tynedale RFC expressed their thanks to the match officials supplied by the Northumberland Rugby Union Referees Society.

Delighted Tynedale Colts’ coach Richard Cramb said: “It was an excellent way to finish off the 15-a-side season. It was a really good game to watch between two impressive sides.

“The youth section at the club appears to be in good health. Eleven of the 22 in the Tynedale match squad will be available for Colts next year, and we had to leave a further 10 out due to the 22 player limit.

In addition, two players were unavailable and three were not considered due to injury.”

Tynedale cup final team: David O’Neil, Robbie Binks, Lewis Spark, Joe Hanning, Jake Tuddenham, Cameron Crawford, Euan Daniels, Josh Keller (captain), Milo Robinson, Tom Robson, Sean Abrams, Seth Kippax-Jones, Henry White, Harry Weatherhead, Archie Robinson, Oscar Caudle, James Brown, Ben Robson, Kieran Akkaya, Liam Pitt, Will Roberts, Will Alcock.