IT was the old hands who had the edge over the young bucks when Dalton hosted their annual Past versus Present game at the end of December.

The match saw several familiar faces return to Kelland Park to pull on the black and red shirt once more to take on the current squad and help raise money for St Mary’s Hospice.

And it was the Past team who showed they are still more than capable of producing the goods as they ran out 20-8 victors.

Star man for the Past side was Barry Pugh, who ran in four of their five unconverted tries to help them seal the win in a hard-fought contest.

Stu Tippett, who now plies his trade for Walney Central in the North West Men’s League, got the other score for the former players.

The Present managed two unconverted tries, with Tyler Batty and Jack Gedling – both key members of the team which won the Harry Warman and CJS Knockout Cups in 2018 – going over.

There was plenty to keep the hundreds of spectators who turned up to support the teams entertained away from the rugby as well, with a quiz in the clubhouse and a £500 prize draw for the 200 Club taking place.