Old foes Novos come to grief under Ponteland pressure

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Novocastrians 17 Ponteland 51 Durham and Northumberland Division One

PONTELAND extended their unbeaten run to four games with a dominant win against old foes Novocastrians, writes Chris Morgan.

The visitors’ first try was a sign of things to come. The forwards absolutely dominated their opposing numbers and pushed a maul over which started way back on the Novos 22.

Dan Harrison got the ball down behind the line, although Mike Mullins missed the conversion.

Despite the constant pressure, the next score fell surprisingly to Novos, which was a soft try to give away from a Pont point of view. But it was not long before the away side was back in front.

Scrum-half Jamie March made an excellent break and passed the ball to Chris Freer, who showed an excellent turn of pace to score near the posts. Mullins was able to convert.

And the scoring continued soon after as good line-out ball was used well. Dan Walton was instrumental in the backs’ move and after good interplay, Mick Byrne went over to score – Mullins again converted to make it 19-5.

Into the second half and the Ponteland juggernaut continued with their own production of The Waltons. Sam and Dan combined well with the former scoring in the corner for Pont’s fourth try.

Ed Weeks marked a fine display with an excellent try which saw him pick up a loose ball on his own 22 and run the rest of the length of the field to score. And the ease at which Ponteland were able to score at will was demonstrated when Craig Robinson skipped through several Novos tackles and Weeks went over again following excellent play from the visitors (39-5).

With the game so wide open, this was always going to lead to opportunities for the home side to reward themselves with consolation and they scored a fine break away try with 10 minutes remaining.

But Pont’s scoring wasn’t finished and despite Mark Kelly being invited to spend 10 minutes in the sin-bin for an indiscretion at the ruck, two further tries followed. From a quick penalty, March went over and fantastic work from the backs led to Peter Burns scoring in the corner for the outstanding try of the match.

There was still time for one more consolation for Novos to make the final score 51-17 to Ponteland.