Ashington win over Houghton moves them six points clear of relegation zone

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Ashington pulled themselves six points clear of the relegation zone with a well deserved 22-7 victory over Houghton on Saturday.

After a poor start, which saw Ashington concede a try in the first two minutes, the home side went on to score four unanswered tries for the bonus point victory.

Houghton, buoyed by their early try, pressured Ash, but good defensive tackles especially by James Jones, Nathan Whitworth and Johnny Storey, stopped several Houghton attacks.

The home side began to claw their way back into the game and a strong run by young prop Roy Jones, who had his best game yet, set up a series of rucks near the Houghton line before hooker Jack Rutherford crossed for his third try in three weeks, which was converted by James Jones to level the scores 7-7 at half-time.

Ashington, playing excellent rugby, took control of the second half.

Cory Whitworth side-stepped his way through three attempted tackles to score under the posts, unfortunately Jones’ conversion bounced back off the woodwork.

Forwards and backs then combined well for Josh Weeks to dive over in the corner to extend Ashington’s lead to 17-7 with 20 minutes remaining.

Ashington’s forwards were beginning to dominate, Moffat provided good lineout ball and substitute, veteran John Goose, playing in the second row with skipper Gareth Newman, provided power and direction.

Further Ash pressure saw Darren Dickinson break blind and feed scrum-half Connor Nichol who crossed for Ashington’s bonus point fourth try to finish of an excellent second half team performance.