Ashington hosted Redcar in a top versus bottom clash in Durham Northumberland division two on Saturday.
And once again it was a much changed Ashington who took the field at the Rec still looking for their first league points of the season.
The home side made a disastrous start when Redcar took the 7-0 lead after two minutes when poor tackling allowed the visitors to score under the posts.
Ashington were 26-0 down after 20 minutes despite winning more than their share of possession, as the young inexperienced backs struggled against the bigger and well drilled Redcar team.
The home team’s commitment in the forwards could not be faulted and good runs from backs Metcalfe and Merryweather put Ashington into a good attacking position in the Redcar 22. After a series of forward drives veteran second row Duncan Henderson touched down for a well deserved try. Acaster just missing the conversion from wide out.
Further missed tackles saw Redcar add another three first half tries for a 47-5 half-time lead.
In the second half Ashington played more to their strengths and kept the ball a lot more in the forwards, with Wood, Watson and Rutherford all running strongly with the ball, and flankers Turner Barratt giving good support.
Despite conceding further tries Ashington showed good spirit and both Rutherford and Henderson were unlucky not to score after periods of sustained forward pressure with Rutherford driven into touch in the dead ball area and Henderson held up over the try line.
Good sustained Ash pressure towards the end resulted in a well deserved penalty try as the forwards drove the Redcar pack back over their own try line. Acaster added the conversion to make the final score of 66-12.
The home side played with much better spirit in the second half and need to continue to play to their forward strength.
Training this week is Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm at the Rec, new players are welcome.