Pont defeated in close encounter

Ponteland 25 Medicals 33 Durham and Northumberland, Division One

PONTELAND were left disappointed as they fell to defeat despite scoring more tries than their opponents.

The hosts started on the front foot and, after a strong drive towards the line, scrum-half Michael Searle found a gap to touch down for a try, which he converted.

They went back on the attack from the kick-off and were awarded a penalty on the Medicals’ 22. Searle was successful to make it 10-0.

Pont then had an overlap opportunity, but a bad pass from the fly-half meant the ball went loose and it was picked up by one of the away side’s players. He ran up the field and scored a converted try.

After 15 minutes, the hosts were penalised and Medicals kicked it between the posts to level the scores.

Back came the home side and number eight Craig Robinson picked up the ball from a scrum and ran forward 15 metres before off-loading to Searle for an excellent score (15-10).

The see-saw nature of the game continued as the visitors scored a penalty and then a converted try after 27 minutes to take the lead.

Good Ponteland pressure was then rewarded as Will Newbigin made a break and passed inside to Pete Maughan to score an unconverted try. This made it 20-20 at half-time.

They started the second half well and went ahead when a decent move enabled Newbigin to score in the corner, although the conversion was missed.

Pont were then denied a try when they were penalised for crossing and Medicals took advantage with a converted try, followed by a successful penalty midway through the half (25-30).

The rest of the match was very frustrating for the home side as they hit the post with a penalty and failed to make the most of their pressure in the last 10 minutes, whereas Medicals kicked over a penalty to seal their victory.