Lapses in defence cost Ponteland the points

Line-out action in the match between Ponteland and Ashington. Picture by Keith Robertson.

Line-out action in the match between Ponteland and Ashington. Picture by Keith Robertson.

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Ponteland 17 Ashington 22 Durham & Northumberland League, Division One

DEFENSIVE errors cost Ponteland despite a decent performance in parts against Ashington.

In a tight first half, Ashington took the lead with a penalty and they scored a crucial converted try on the stroke of half-time after their forwards broke through the home defence.

Things got worse at the start of the second period when a good move by the visitors ended with one of their wingers touching down. Once again, it was converted to make the score 0-17.

The hosts gradually came back into the contest and 20 minutes into the second half their expansive approach was rewarded when Jamie March scored a try, which was unconverted.

They then suffered a blow when the away side came back almost immediately to score five points.

The remainder of the match was all-out attack from Pont and tries from Richie Moller and Matthew Walters, the second converted by Michael Mullins, made it 17-22.

But Ashington held on for the win. The consolation for the home side was that they picked up a bonus point.

Ponteland Director of Rugby John Chappell said: “We tried to move the ball around and it worked really well in the last 20 minutes of the match. But we made errors at crucial times to let them in and they must be cut out if we are going to beat teams above us in the league.

“Our next two games are against the bottom and second bottom teams, so if we win them we will pull well clear of the relegation zone.”