The Northumberland Lightning produced what some people have described as an ‘unbelievable super shock’ by defeating the Dundee Hurricanes 27-20 at Ashington Rugby Club on Sunday afternoon in the American Football British National League NFC Division Two North Division.
In a game that was seen as an easy victory for the visitors, the Lightning secured their first ever National League win in just their first season of competition.
The game kick started in the second period as the Lightning got the first score on the board with a well-executed play that resulted in quarter-back Callum Pattison throwing a pin-point pass to the corner of the endzone into the hands of Ross Conley. The point after was no good.
The Hurricanes replied soon after with a converted touchdown, but the hosts kept them out when they had decent field position so the half time score was 6-7.
Northumberland received the ball from the second half kick-off and after strong running from the full-back duo of Gary Cooper and Scott Radford, Pattison found wide receiver Carl Charlton unmarked in the middle of the endzone. The point after was good (13-7).
Then a perfectly executed reverse gave Conley an opportunity and he took advantage of it to sprint his way to a 62-yard touchdown. The point after was no good.
Dundee came back strongly and they scored a touchdown with an extra point to make it 19-14 to the Lightning at the end of the third quarter.
A good drive for the home side worked the ball to the one yard line and full-back Scott Radford dived over the line and into the endzone. Northumberland went for a two point conversion – Pattison throwing to Cooper to make the score 27-14.
Although the Hurricanes reduced the gap to seven points with a touchdown, the Lightning held their nerve and they were able to see the game out for a famous victory.