Behind them a group of swaggering, half-drunken Yorkshire dalesmen
, speaking a dialect which their own southland countrymen could scarce comprehend, their jerkins marked with the pelican, which showed that they had come over in the train of the north-country Stapletons.
Real character, he holds, the chief proper object of man's effort, is formed by quietly living, as did he and the dalesmen
around him, in contact with Nature and communion with God rather than by participation in the feverish and sensational struggles of the great world.
And both already had other trophies locked away, with the Seasiders having won the Junior South Cup earlier in the summer as well as the Teesside University NYSD Junior Fifteens, while the Dalesmen
had enjoyed additional success in the Junior Plate competition.
National III North outfit YMCA were always on the back foot and trailed 21-8 at half-time against the Dalesmen
However students Harry Jackson, 46, and Mattie Withers, 36, added 68, and it took 2-18 from 14-yearold Matty Percival to see the Dalesmen
male voice choir, which he founded in the 80s, will serenade him for his birthday.
And director of rugby Neil Mitchell is hoping home advantage could be the key against the Dalesmen
, who have struggled on the road this season.
The handknitting company Rowan estimates that the number of men using its services has doubled in the past four years as a result of which it has launched the Dalesmen
Collection for Autumn/Winter 2011, its first dedicated collection of designs for men for six years.
They will be joined by guest soprano Claire Tunney from Middlesbrough and members of the north Yorkshire choir, the Dalesmen
But for all their pressure, Stourbridge could not add to their tally and the Dalesmen
finished the half with a flurry of tries.
He retired aged 80 and, in the late 1980s, he helped found the Dalesmen
Male Voice Choir, of which he is still life president.
However, Thomas soon equalised with a penalty of his own, albeit against the run of play, as the Dalesmen
were penalised for handling in the ruck.