Mistakes prove costly

Alnwick 39 Ponteland 30 Durham and Northumberland Division One

PONTELAND made several mistakes which gifted Alnwick scores and ultimately the victory.

But at least their defence was generally sound and a four-try haul for the visitors ensured they left with a bonus point.

A knock on from the kick-off allowed the home side to win a scrum and they then spun the ball wide and scored a try before Pont had even touched the ball.

The away side drove down the field and an offside at the ruck allowed Mullins to get the first penalty on the board to make it 7-3.

Alnwick continued to press and a penalty for not rolling away made it 10-3 after ten minutes.

The end-to-end stuff continued as Ponteland’s forwards drove a maul 20 metres and the ensuing penalty was slotted over by Mullins.

But the hosts then had a spell of dominance and after scoring with a penalty, a clearance kick by a Pont winger was miss-hit and the Alnwick backs ran it back to score.

Soon afterwards, an overlap saw an easy try in the corner as Alnwick went 25-6 ahead.

The visitors shook themselves up for the last ten minutes of the half and a driving maul saw Maughan feed skipper Harrison on the charge to score the first of his three tries.

And they started the second half well. A turnover saw Harrison sweep the ball up and gallop 20 metres to score and make it 25-16.

However, a rash four minutes saw the home side score two converted tries. The second of these scores was made easy when Maughan accidentally tackled McGookin instead of the Alnwick winger.

Ponteland recovered from this setback and the forwards again won a turnover ball to put the side in a decent attacking position.

Watson then skipped through three defenders to score under the posts. Mullins converted the try.

Harrison made good use of another forward drive as he got his hands on a loose ball to score his hat-trick. Mullins converted again to make it 39-30.

With ten minutes to go, Britland was shown a yellow card but Pont’s defence held firm and the seven-man pack still had time to take a strike against the head before the final whistle was blown.