Ponteland II 15 Alnwick III 0 Northumberland Junior Cup Final
PONTELAND’S second team clinched a double and successfully defended their cup crown from last season, writes Chris Morgan.
Having already tied up the league title, Pont went into the game as favourites against Alnwick’s third choice 15 at Plessey Road, Blyth, on Saturday.
They dominated the early exchanges and the breakthrough finally came after 20 minutes.
After good work from the forwards, the monster number eight Ricky Younger bundled over the line to open the scoring. A beautiful conversion kick by Scott Anderson gave Ponteland a 7-0 lead.
At the start of the second half, Anderson was successful with a penalty to increase Pont’s lead. The moment of the match soon followed.
The ball was whipped out quickly to the wing by the excellent Will McGawley and Andrew Lyndon, who had looked to have the beating of his opposite number all day, chipped the ball over the top and won the race to touch down in sensational style.
Anderson was unable to convert on this occasion but the 15-0 scoreline already looked like it was going to be too much for Alnwick to overturn, although they continued to defend well.
A scare for Ponteland did come when scrum-half Phil Redhead was sin-binned for coming in at the side of a ruck, but some really first-class defending from Pont managed to extinguish any lingering doubts there may have been of Alnwick getting back into the match.
• Ponteland’s First XV fell to a 16-19 defeat at home to Ryton. Will Newbigin kicked two penalties in the first half, but two tries from Ryton – one of them was converted – gave the visitors a 12-6 lead at the break.
In the second half, Newbigin slotted over another penalty and then converted Richard Moller’s try to put the hosts 16-12 in front.
But with ten minutes left, Ryton scored another converted try and despite late Pont pressure, they held on for the win.