Ashington avenge early away defeat

ASHINGTON RFC avenged an away defeat earlier in the season to Medicals courtesty of some stern defence against a very well drilled, quick and determined opposition.

Ashington soaked up several phases of Medicals possession and showed that the away team would have to do something special to break through the home defence.

After an altercation in midfield, Ashington centre Marshall, was given a yellow card after 15 minutes.

This actually caused the home team to raise their game and they deservedly scored the first try through captain and fly-half James Phillips, which was converted by Carl Hill.

Ashington then went further ahead with a try from Owen Jarvis.

A penalty by Hill gave the home side a 15-0 lead with half-time approaching.

Unfortunately Medicals capitalised on an error from the home side and scored a converted try in first half injury time.

The second half started in similar fashion to the first with Medicals having the ball for sustained periods with the Ashington defence keeping them at bay.

Medicals then scored two quick tries in the 65th and 70th minutes to lead the game 18-15.

Ashington then rallied and hit back with a well worked try through the forwards, eventually scored by second row Michael Harrigan.

With time running out Medicals ran the ball from their line only to give away a penalty.

Ashington kicked the ball dead winning the game 20-18.

A well deserved win against a fit, committed Medicals side.

Man of the matchn for Ashington was No. 6 Mick Davis.

On Saturday Ashington travel to Horden for a 3pm kick-off.