Ashington beaten despite spirited display at North Shields

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A much improved Ashington showed plenty of spirit but were beaten 24-10 at North Shields.

The visitors got of to a great start with a try in the corner by winger Barry Metcalfe after quick passing by the backs. Andrew Elliot added the conversion.

But North Shields bounced back and scored an unconverted try after a dropped catch by the Ashington defence.

Ashington responded with a strong run by Chris Johnstone that resulted in a well struck penalty by Elliot to give them a 10-5 lead.

They then lost hard tackling centre James Jones, who will miss the next six weeks with a broken collar bone.

As a result of losing Jones, Ash reshuffled their back line with Elliot moving to centre and Sean Nichol coming on at fullback.

North Shields dominated the last ten minutes of the first half and scored two tries to give them a half-time 19-10 lead

Ashington started the second half strongly and replaced flanker Hudson with Steve Groves, who produced several strong bullocking runs, but it was North Shields who scored what was to be the only try of the second half after 47 minutes.

Ash showed plenty of fighting spirit and were unlucky not to add any second half points with Newman and Beattie both held up over the line on two separate occasions after great forward drives.

If Ash cut out the silly individual errors and continue to play with the type of spirit they displayed in this game, they will soon get their first win.