Guisborough 31 Ponteland 10 Durham and Northumberland, Division One
PONTELAND competed well against the league leaders, but the clinical finishing of the hosts was the difference between the teams.
The home side scored an unconverted try in the first few minutes when Ruff finished off a neat move, but Pont recovered and soon had a spell of attacking pressure.
They were rewarded after a long drive with a score of their own. Second row Chris Freer popped up at the right time to touch the ball down and Michael Mullins successfully kicked the conversion.
The visitors had some chances to extend their lead before half-time, but they were not taken.
The play was more even at the start of the second half, although Mullins made it 10-5 in Ponteland’s favour when he placed a penalty between the posts.
However, Guisborough came back strongly and a Pont mistake in their own 22 allowed Ruff to score his second try to level the match.
The hosts were now in the ascendancy and they took advantage when Clark punched his way through the defence and offloaded to Towers – who powered his way over two defenders to score.
Next to touch down was Lodge after Towers managed to get the offload to him despite being tackled. After some good work among the backs, Robinson ran through the gap to score Guisborough’s fifth try of the game. Three of these scores were converted to make it 31-10.
Pont, now ninth in the table, looked like getting back into the game between these scores when they had an attacking three-on-one chase.
But even though the Guisborough player appeared to deliberately knock the ball away, he was not punished by the referee.
They face another tough fixture at home to third-placed Gateshead on Saturday. Kick-off at the Leisure Centre ground is 3pm.