Away defeat for Pont

Durham City 30 Ponteland 7 Northumberland and Durham, Division One

PONTELAND battled hard against opponents near the top of the table, but Durham were ultimately too strong on Saturday.

There was little between the teams in the early stages, but the hosts had an 8-0 half-time lead thanks to a penalty and a try by Metcalf.

Two further unconverted tries for Durham after the break made it 18-0, but the visitors responded when Adam McGlashlan finished off a decent move to touch down. Will Newbigin added the conversion.

However, the home side piled on the pressure and added two more scores, one of which was converted, to achieve a 23-point victory margin.