Ashington run in eight tries to beat neighbours Blyth

Ashington produced an excellent performance to beat local rivals Blyth 48-10 in Durham Northumberland Division 2 on Saturday.

The home started strongly and missed an penalty, and they were made to pay as Blyth then had their best period of the match, scoring a penalty and converted try to give them a 10-0 lead after 25 minutes.

Ashington fullback Ryan Dodds, in a man of the match performance, added two scorching 60-metre tries, one converted by Jarvis to give them a 12-10 lead.

The game entered a niggly period with three players, two from Ashington and one from Blyth, being yellow carded.

But despite the numerical disadvantage, Ashington extended their lead through a blind-side break. Centre Mitchell Brown taking advantage of the space to outstrip the covering defence to score wide out and make it 17-10 at half-time.

The start of the second half was delayed due to an injury to Blyth skipper Karl Rose, before Ashington’s Moffatt and Rutherford combined well to set up a good attacking position, and a sweeping backs move saw Josh Weekes feed supporting stand-in skipper Nathan Whitworth score a well taken try, converted by Jarvis.

Hooker Jack Rutherford then extended Ashington’s lead, showing a turn of pace as he streaked over from the halfway line for an excellent individual try, converted by Jarvis.

Dickinson scored Ashington’s next try, latching onto a skilful inside pop pass from Harrigan.

At this stage Ashington were rampant, Dodds adding his third try after a lovely pass from Whitworth, and he then added his fourth and Ashington’s final try when he collected a Blyth kick from behind his own goal line and set off on a mazy run that ended with him scoring an unbelievable individual try under the posts, which he converted, to give a final score of 48-10.

This was at times an excellent Ashington performance showing real potential, played in front of the largest crowd for some time in a match sponsored by HFF.

This week Ashington are away to Ponteland and on November 12 they are at home to Sedgefield and hold a past players’ lunch. Anyone wanting tickets for the lunch should contact Paul Tanney at the club.