A points bonanza for Hartlepool Rovers as club makes piece of history

Gareth Foreman dives over against Redcar.
Gareth Foreman dives over against Redcar.

A club with a 139-year history and the claim to fame of amassing 860 points in one season.

That’s Hartlepool Rovers, who have an impressive history with many claims to fame including hosting the inaugural Barbarians match, the New Zealand Maoris and the legendary All Blacks.

Andrew Foreman in action.

Andrew Foreman in action.

They also won their first ever league championship in 2003-04 but – in our continuing nostalgic focus on town clubs – we turn to the following season when Rovers completed a derby rout of Redcar.

Not only was it a cracking 57-8 result at the Friarage, it included a bit of history.

The two points put Rovers above West Hartlepool for the first time in league rugby.

Rovers registered nine tries to climb to seventh spot in North Two East. It was their highest placing so far that season.

Conditions were perfect at the Friarage and Rovers used these to take a third minute lead when, after charging runs by Andrew Foreman and Dave Carroll, the ball was moved both ways along the backs for Gareth Foreman to round his opposite number to score in the right corner

Hartlepool Mail reporter

Star of the show was Andrew Foreman at scrum-half, said our reporter at the time.

He ran in four tries but was outscored by his younger brother Gareth with two tries and six conversions.

Our reporter at the time said: “Conditions were perfect at the Friarage and Rovers used these to take a third minute lead when, after charging runs by Andrew Foreman and Dave Carroll, the ball was moved both ways along the backs for Gareth Foreman to round his opposite number to score in the right corner.”

Redcar replied with a Kieran McMahon kick after an offside on seven minutes, but Rovers replied immediately with a Michael Charlton try and Gareth Foreman conversion.

And there was still only 12 minutes on the clock when Gareth fed brother Andrew to outpace the defence and take the score to 19-3.

Simon Rutherford got in on the act on 19 minutes when he intercepted a pass to sprint in under the posts. Gareth Foreman added the conversion.

And it was 33-3 at half-time when Andrew Foreman picked up from the base of the scrum, dummied and sprinted from the halfway line with his brother adding the further two points.

Redcar touched down on 47 minutes when Nathan Fahey peeled off a maul to score an unconverted try.

But Gareth Foreman scored under the posts and converted his own try, and Andrew Foreman touched down for his hat-trick. Andrew Lilley then ran in another one under the posts , Foreman converted and then Andrew Foreman scored yet again – this time out wide in the right hand corner.