Hat-trick for sub in Pont triumph

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Ponteland 29 South Tyneside College 5 Durham and Northumberland, Division Two

Ponteland ground out a victory against determined opponents.

With Moller, Harrison, Marcus, Searle, Will Newbigin and Robinson missing from the line-up, the club were looking at how their strength in depth would work.

The hosts made several good breaks, but the South Tyneside College defence was up hard and living on the edge and Pont were unable to keep hold of the ball in good positions.

Their pressure eventually paid off when a bulldozing drive from a line-out saw Joe Leiserach touch down for an unconverted try.

Pont sparked to life for a period and a good forward drive saw the ball go down the line once without it being dropped it as Sam Walton crossed out wide to make it 10-0 at half-time.

Both teams had opportunities to score at the start of the second half and only a brave tackle by Adam Suppan prevented a try for the visitors.

Kyle Norris and Craig Robinson entered the field as Ponteland looked to up the tempo. A kick to the corner saw them power over, with Robinson claiming the try.

A poor kick and chase saw the South Tyneside College full-back skip through tackles and several passes later, they scored out wide (15-5).

Pont responded well and a catch-and-drive saw Robinson touch down. Dan Walton successfully kicked over the conversion.

The home side were on top in the remaining minutes and had a few good chances to score before a dominant scrum five metres out enabled Robinson to force his way over for his hat-trick try. Walton added the extras to make the final score 29-5.

It was another bonus point win for Ponteland, although the manner in which it was achieved was far from satisfactory.