Pont tumble to away defeat

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Darlington 55 Ponteland 12 Durham & Northumberland League Division One

PONTELAND battled hard, but their failure to deal with questionable tactics laid the platform for a heavy defeat.

Darlington scored early on when their number eight broke through several tackles.

A sweeping attack from the kick-off saw a long range penalty to the away side fall just short, as did an overlap with a wayward pass.

The hosts got into their stride and a line-out 10 metres out saw a catch and drive. Darlington immediately put two players in front of the jumper in what looked an offside position.

As Pont were unable to deal with this, they trundled over the line to score and it was a telling weapon as four more tries were scored in that fashion.

With five minutes to half-time the home side had moved 22–0 in front, but the visitors responded when Cuira caught the kick-off after the fourth try and a sweeping move out wide saw Britland set clear.

A head-lopping tackle led to a penalty try, which was converted by Newbigin.

Darlington had the last say of the half as pressure resulted in another line-out try.

Ponteland started the second half brightly and a catch and drive saw them move down the field.

Newbigin made good territory with a couple of excellent kicks as Darlington looked ruffled. The Pont forwards then drove on and a kick through by Norris from a line-out 40 metres out saw Livingstone-Evans hack through and win the touchdown to make it 29–12.

However, any hopes of a comeback vanished when Cuira was given a yellow card following confusion over a quick penalty taken by the home side without the referee seeing.

Darlington took advantage by scoring three tries, two of them were converted.

The away side continued to run at the home defence and their best move of the game saw Newbigin break and put in a superb offload to Maughan, who shimmied towards the line but the pass to Anderson saw him held up short. An infringement saw a yellow card to Darlington.

The hosts scored with the final play of the game to seal a 55-12 victory.