Missed opportunities lead to Ponteland’s downfall

Sunderland 21 Ponteland 12 Durham and Northumberland Division One

PONTELAND were beaten at Sunderland after failing to take advantage of some good opportunities.

An early 40-metre dash by Mundy came to nought as the ball was thrown away and the visitors were made to pay when their opponents kicked a penalty.

Sunderland’s line-out functioned well all day and a following a drive from one five metres out, a home player dived on the blind side to score a try.

Pont immediately replied as the forwards drove a line-out of their own, with Freer claiming the try to make it 8-5.

Sunderland continued to press hard and a similar attacking line-out had the same result as they again drove on the blind side to get a five-point haul.

From the kick off, Ponteland spread the ball left and Nick Watson with a man to beat passed to his two supporting players to score, but the referee said there was a forward pass in the move and the half ended 13-5.

Sunderland started the second half well and a penalty for collapsing made it 16-5.

Almost immediately afterwards, Kelly was harshly yellowed for counter rucking and the hosts used their numerical advantage to score out wide.

Pont tried hard to keep the ball alive and a searing break by Moller saw a chance go begging as he did not get the ball away to the supporting runners.

The away side did score an excellent try when several intelligent passes between the backs saw Chris Freer charge loose and gallop 30 metres to score.

The try was converted to make it 21-12 and although both sides went close in the final few minutes, that was the end of the scoring.