Ashington dominate

ASHINGTON RFC began the new season with a dominant display as they saw off Novocastrians 25-6.

From start to finish Ashington were in control with the forwards in particular too big and strong for the smaller Novocastrians pack.

The first quarter was very much a case of getting back to basics with both teams a little rusty in this season opener.

Ashington’s forwards won everything at the scrummage and in patches showed some good phases of play, although errors kept the scoring opportunities to a minimum.

Novos kicked a penalty on ten minutes, which seemed to give Ashington the shake they needed, and the home side immediately hit back with a well worked try by scrum-half Tom Lloyd.

Despite total superiority Ashington failed to score until the 35th minute when second row Michael Harrigan scored after sustained pressure from the pack.

After some strong words at half-time by the coaching staff, Ashington immediately got into their stride and scored another try through winger and mana of the match Mick Wood.

This was followed by a second try by Harrigan on 55 minutes and a final try on 70 minutes by hooker and captain Carl Hill.

Novos never really threatened the scoreline in the second half and were unable to secure any basic posession against their physically bigger opponents and the game finished with a bonus point, five-try win for Ashington in a 25-6 win.

Ashington had a much changed side from last season and several positional changes and some good performances now give the coaches more confidence to push on and look forward to another good season.

The new half-back combination of Tom Lloyd and Jonathan Storey worked well and the re-introduction of Michael Harrigan in the second row, along with the general overall play from the rest of the squad, shows there is a good balance to build confidence over the coming weeks for Ashington to make their mark in Durham and Northumberland division one.

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