Breathing space

Ponteland RFC player Angus White under pressure. Picture by Keith Robertson.
Ponteland RFC player Angus White under pressure. Picture by Keith Robertson.

Ponteland 33 Redcar 0 Durham & Northumberland League, Division One

PONTELAND recorded a second win in succession to give them breathing space above the relegation zone, writes John Chappell.

With all pitches at a tipping point due to heavy rain, the seconds and thirds were forced to play away and the first team game was moved to pitch three, having the least amount of standing water.

Pont started at breakneck pace and it was a combination of good defence and last pass fumbles that saw Redcar survive, although the visitors were menacing on the breakout.

After 25 minutes the score was 0-0 and there was frustration in some of the home side’s play, but a set of solid drives saw Phil Redhead dart free and as he was stopped short of the line the forwards drove over, with Moller claiming the try. Turnbull converted to make it 7-0.

Ponteland’s confidence rose a notch after the try and immediately a powerful set of runs and offloads saw McGookin burst over to score a try.

Craig Robinson replaced the injured Cuira at the start of the second half and immediately got in the thick of things as the forwards drove on.

Moller then broke loose and a weighted offload saw Stu Weir deliver his trademark burst to score from 20 metres. The try was converted.

The home team made light work of the heavy pitch and Redcar’s spoiling tactics at the breakdown to register another try as a solid scrum 20 metres out saw Moller break off and gallop under the posts. Britland then made it 26-0 with 20 minutes to go.

Ricky Younger replaced the injured Moller at eight, using his bulk to good effect by running at the opposition.

A break from the base of a scrum saw him brought down by three players, only for the offload to release Angus White to score. Britland converted again to make the final score 33-0.