Every game from now is a cup final

Acklam 29 Ponteland 10 Durham & Northumberland Division One

A POOR second-half performance meant Ponteland fell to another league defeat on Saturday.

The visitors started the game well and forced two penalties to take them to the Acklam five-metre line.

And from the resulting line-out, Richard Moller powered over to score an unconverted try.

The home side built up some pressure and when Pont tried to clear from their own line, the ball was picked up by Moffatt 30 metres out and his momentum took him over the try-line for a score.

Ashton kicked over a penalty for Acklam in the 25th minute, but the away side recovered and looked solid in defence for the rest of the half.

And they hit back just before half-time when a good move from a scrum enabled Jamie March to touch down. Unfortunately, the conversion was missed.

The second half was in complete contrast to the first half as Acklam’s short game quickly expanded into open rugby and Ponteland found it much harder to cope defensively.

The ball went along the Acklam line with purpose and accuracy and early in the half they refused to take penalty points during a spell of pressure.

They were rewarded in the 47th minute when Ashton scored a try.

Walker looked dangerous at every opportunity and he went over after a good run on 69 minutes.

Substitute Richardson put the result beyond doubt with a try near the end of the match.

With three of the tries being converted, this made the final score 29-10.

The defeat leaves Ponteland second bottom in the table with 15 points. They are four points behind relegation rivals Ashington and Ryton.

Pont are at home to mid-table Sunderland on Saturday in the first of many ‘cup finals’ between now and the end of the season. Kick-off is 2.15pm.