Hartlepool Boys Brigade Old Boys go for Durham Junior Cup rugby glory against Barnard Castle

HOWE ABOUT THAT: Peter Howe scores for BBOB
HOWE ABOUT THAT: Peter Howe scores for BBOB

HARTLEPOOL Boys Brigade Old Boys are just 80 minutes away from more rugby glory.

Twelve months after completing a sensational Durham Northumberland Three league and County Plate double, the Headland outfit are chasing more silverware.

BBOB tonight face Barnard Castle at Hollow Drift in the Durham Junior Cup final (kick-off 7.15pm).

Brigade, who won the Plate competition at the same Durham City venue last year after a 31-17 triumph over South Tyneside College, will start as hot favourites this evening for the next trophy up the county scale.

BBOB have beaten Barney twice this season in Durham Northumberland Two – 55-19 at the Old Friarage and 32-11 at Demesnes, a mammoth aggregate score of 87-30.

But Gareth Foreman, one of the club’s coaching staff, will not be allowing any complacency to creep in.

He will point to Billingham upsetting the odds last week in the Durham Senior Cup final, the underdogs humbling Westoe 42-21 at the same venue.

“We did beat Barney well home and away,” said the stand-off, who hopes to pass a fitness test to line up at number 10 this evening.

“They did not travel with a very good side to our place.

“But we will not be taking them lightly at all. They won their last three league games and put quite a few points on Redcar and they beat Winlaton 83-5 in the semi-final last weekend.”

Indeed, Castle have clocked up 194 points in their last four Saturdays in the league and cup.

However, Brigade should carry too much firepower for them, especially with the Foreman brothers in the backs, Gareth, Andrew and Brian plus the in-form Peter Howe, who is the joint top try scorer on 19, alongside powerhouse prop Matty Thornton.

BBOB will be looking to continue their attacking brand of rugby as Gareth told SportMail.

“We always try to play the expansive way,” he said. “We’re always looking for quick tap and goes and quick line-outs and the like.

“If we can win the lads will have deserved it for the rugby we have played this season.

“If someone had said at the start of the season we’d go into the last game in the league fighting for fourth I’d have snapped their hand off.

“We’ve only got a small squad so to follow what we did last season by finishing fifth in Division Two has been brilliant.

“It couldn’t have gone much better. And if we can get some more silverware it would be the perfect end to the season and a big boost ahead of the next one.”