Ashington unlucky to lose scrappy game at Wallsend

Ashington were desperately unlucky to suffer a narrow 10-8 defeat at Wallsend on Saturday in a scrappy affair.

The highlights of a poor first half spoilt by the pouring rain were a well taken Wallsend try and the Ashington veteran Duncan Henderson selling an outrageous dummy as he peeled of the side of a ruck.

Late in the first half a strong run by Dickinson, who had an excellent game, resulted in a kickable penalty. But Ash opted to go for touch and lost the lineout five metres out.

The rain eased during half-time and Ash found themselves under early second half pressure after giving away a series of penalties.

This was relieved by a weaving run by Ryan Dodds from deep in his own 22 which ended in a scrum five metres from the Wallsend line.

This enabled Ashington to enjoy a period of sustained pressure and winger James Jones went over in the corner for a try after a quickly taken tap penalty by Hudson and pass from Johnson.

Wallsend fought back well and scored a try in the corner, despite a great Jones tackle, to give the home side a 10-5 lead.

During a strong final 20 minutes, Ash opted to run a couple of kickable penalties before replacement Thompson struck a well taken penalty and was unlucky with a near miss, that would have won the game for Ashington two minutes from the end​.