Ashington 7 Ponteland 86 Durham & Northumberland Division Two
Ponteland recorded a thumping win at Ashington to continue their good start to the season.
An early scrum saw the away side drive forward and they won a penalty, which Will Newbigin kicked between the posts.
The team were now running through the phases as Newbigin skipped past two defenders to score and convert.
The hosts were tackling hard, but seemed to be outnumbered as Pont swarmed forward. Great hands from Searle, Kelly and Moller put Dave Gregory in for his first try of the day (0-15).
Ashington’s response was to drive on close to the breakdown as the visitors were given some tackling practice.
Another sweep downfield saw a scrum ten metres out. A pick-up by Robinson saw a quick off-load to Newbigin, who went in unopposed. He converted the score.
Ponteland’s attacking game was highlighted by the unselfish way players off-loaded to others to score rather than risking it themselves, highlighted by eight different players touching down on the day.
On 20 minutes, the away side had their bonus-point try as a great sweeping movement saw the ball go across the full pitch to allow Bramble to burst over (0-27).
To their credit, Ashington did not lie down and a strong line-out drive saw them bundled into touch just short of the Pont line.
The visitors won the following line-out and a multi-phased move downfield saw Gregory get the ball in a congested area. His reaction was to batter his way through four tackles to score under the posts. Newbigin made it 0-34.
With half-time almost called, Pont drove a massive scrum and the ensuing line-out drive saw Moller touch down for a converted try.
In the early stages of the second half, Gregory was put in for an easy converted try.
With Norris, Dan Walton and Chris Searle now on, the away side continued to dominate, although an isolated poor scrum by Pont was only relieved by an excellent turn-over by Moller.
From an attacking position, Michael Searle skipped through the gap to score and trusty Newbigin made it 0-55.
Pont’s line-out was rock solid and it was from such a move that Searle again broke free and unselfishly gave the scoring pass to Mark Kelly.
Gregory was played in for his fourth try of the game and soon afterwards Pont got the ball wide for Bramble to streak over in the corner (0-72).
From the kick-off, the forwards made 20 metres and a jinking run by Bramble put Chris Searle away. His pace saw him leave the defenders behind to score a converted try.
It would have been easy for Ashington to throw in the towel, but to their credit they kept on plugging away and they scored a converted try with three minutes remaining.
Back came Ponteland and good passing from Michael Searle, Newbigin and Sam Walton enabled Joe Leiserach to trundle in under the posts. Newbigin converted to make it 7-86 at full-time.