BOYS Brigade Old Boys clinched the Durham Northumberland Two derby honours with a close-fought victory over Hartlepool at Mayfield Park.
BBOB won the toss and elected play with the bank advantage first.
The first 20 minutes was a tight affair with both sides making a number of big tackles.
Brigade took the lead on the 23rd-minute mark when Hartlepool were penalised for a high tackle and Gareth Foreman landed the kick.
Two minutes later the same player extended the lead to 6-0 with a well-struck penalty.
Pool’s forwards made a drive after one set play, the ball was passed along the line and Jason Norman pefectly-weighted pass allowed Anthony Burgon to score from 25 yards to bring Pool back into the game at 6-5 down.
Keegan Thomas narrowly missed a penalty before Gareth Foreman long-range penalty made it 9-5 to BBOB.
Pool nearly went into the half-time interval in front, but Tom Johnson powered over the try line only to drop the ball before he could touch it down.
The second half was a tense affair.
BBOB were penalised for holding on and Thomas reduced the gap to one point with a sweet penalty.
Pool were reduced to 14 men when a player was sin-binned and Brigade took advantage to push play into the home half.
From here, Andrew Arnell and Gareth Foreman sent Jonny Hetherington on a powerful run from the 22, his strength taking him through several tackles for the try.
Foreman converted giving Brigade a tentative eight-point lead to defend for the remaining quarter of the match.
Pool, back to 15 players, began to extert some pressure in the left hand side and after a sixth penalty in a row, Gareth Foreman was sin-binned and BBOB were reduced to 14 players with 15 minutes remaining.
Dave Hetherington made a number of good clearances for BBOB from full-back
Hartlepool almost broke through but Nathan Taylor just failed to hold onto the pass with BBOB try line exposed and the ball was knocked on.
Patrick Wilson was then sin-binned and Pool were back down to 14 players.
But they continued to attack and Taylor beat his opposite man to go in at the corner only to have put a foot in touch.
BBOB cleared and played out the remaining minutes for a 16-8 victory to move them up to sixth.
Atter, Fletcher and Masshedar caught the eye for Brigade.