Hartlepool Rovers move up to second in table after superb 22-14 win at Stockton

Rovers, in white, smother another Stockton attack.

Rovers, in white, smother another Stockton attack.

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HARTLEPOOL Rovers moved up to second place in Durham Northumberland One after this super win at Stockton.

Rovers have had an excellent record at Station Road over the years and, after a difficult opening couple of minutes, they simply over-ran their hosts.

Stockton had started the day top of the table but their unbeaten 16-game winning run – stretching back to February – was soon under threat and come the final whistle they had dropped to fourth.

Darlington are the new league leaders after their 24-11 win at Acklam and have a three-point lead over the Whites – all due to having recorded a bonus point every game.

Love them or loathe them, try scoring and losing bonus points are part of the league scoring system these days and with Darlington and Rovers having an identical win/lose record they are the difference between first and second.

For the second successive week Rovers failed to score the four tries needed for a bonus point and in truth, just as against Gosforth seven days earlier at the Friarage, they should have done so.

Read a full report of Rovers’ win at Stockton in today’s Sportmail.