Trio of tries not enough for Pont

Ponteland's Pete Newbigin makes an attacking run with support. Picture by KEITH ROBERTSON.
Ponteland's Pete Newbigin makes an attacking run with support. Picture by KEITH ROBERTSON.

Ponteland 17 Consett 28 Durham and Northumberland, Division One

PONTELAND competed well as they resumed their campaign on Saturday, but fell to another defeat.

The visitors got on the scoreboard early in the game with a successful penalty.

The hosts responded well and scrum-half Jonty Moorby touched down for an unconverted try on his debut for the first XV after 15 minutes.

Ten minutes later, Consett went back in front with a converted try after some patient phase play, although the final pass appeared to be forward.

And they scored again when a slick move was finished off out wide. The conversion was successful and this made the half time score 5-17.

Pont started the second half on the front foot and they reduced the gap to seven with an unconverted score. Fly-half Nick Townsend went over in the right corner after some brilliant hands by both forwards and backs in a move that went halfway down the pitch.

And they could have got back on level terms when an effective breakaway saw them touch down, but the whistle had been blown a little earlier for a penalty to Ponteland, leaving the home side’s supporters frustrated that the referee did not continue to play the advantage.

The away side hit back a couple of minutes later when their forwards and backs combined to set up an unconverted try. They then made it 10-25 with a penalty.

On 66 minutes, Pont peppered the Consett line and their persistence paid off when Townsend crashed over to score his second try of the game. Will Newbigin kicked over the conversion.

The hosts had plenty of pressure, but could not add to their total and the visitors kicked a penalty late on to make the final score 17-28.

Rob Earnshaw came on in the back row in the second half to make his debut.