Ashington too strong for South Tyneside College

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Ashington played South Tyneside College for the first time at The Rec at first team level and took the win in the process.

The home side started like a runaway steam train with forwards and backs combining as they charged upfield before player coach Stuart Rosser put Winger Chris Dawson into the corner for an early lead.

Two searing touch kicks from Andrew Elliot put Ashington into a good attacking position and the home side should have extended their lead but were let down twice by poor control at the base of attacking scrums.

Ash continued to dominate possession and territory and a great forward drive from a Steesh Turner lineout catch resulted in No. 8 Chris Johnston driving over for a try converted by Rosser to give the home side a deserved 12-0 lead after 18 minutes.

Strong runs by Gareth Newman and centre Mick Wood saw an under the cosh College penalised twice. Rosser converted both penalties to extend the lead to 18-0.

As the second half began Ashington kept up the pressure and Rosser increased the lead with a well struck penalty, soon followed by a try from John Goose on 53 minutes when he crashed over after a five-metre scrum. Rosser adding the conversion to extend Ashington’s lead to 28-0.

This spurred South Tyneside into action and after being awarded several penalties home centre Wood was sin binned and College crashed over from the resulting penalty for a converted try.

On 60 minutes Ashington brought on veteran scrum-half Alan Halliday, moving Justin Niblock to fly-half.

Good pressure saw Goose held up short from a quick tap penalty but replacement Steve Groves was on hand to dive over for a converted try.

This fourth try secured a much needed bonus point

College finished strongly and scored a second try on 75 minutes.

In the last minute Ashington lost Brian Merryweather with a serious arm injury after a great double hit with Elliot on the South Tyneside winger.

A tremendous win with Ashington showing great spirit throughout and they will look to back this up next week away to Hartleppool BBOB.

The second team also recorded a home win over Gateshead 51-24.