Failure to make possession count costs Ashington XV

Ashington suffered a home defeat at the Rec to Redcar despite dominating possession for long spells of the Durham Northumberland Division 2 game.

The home side started strongly with Jarvis running back a poor Redcar clearance to put Ryan Dodds through a gap and his pace outstripped the cover to score a good early try which was converted by Elliott.

Redcar bounced back by scoring two unanswered tries, one from a missed tackle and the second from a quick tap penalty past a slow to react Ashington defence.

Midway through the half a great Ashington scrum on halfway shoved Redcar of their own ball, Menzies, who had an excellent game in the back row, broke blind and fed scrum-half Brian Merryweather who raced over for a try in the corner, Elliott added the touchline conversion to give the home side a 13-12 lead.

A missed touch clearance from Jarvis enabled Redcar to set up an attacking position and score their third try, the second to come from a quick tap penalty when the home side once again failed to react quickly enough.

Ashington then had a period of sustained pressure before half-time and spent time camped on the Redcar five-metre line, but the pressure was broken by an interception from the Redcar centre who ran the length of the field to score under the posts to give the visitors an undeserved 26-14 half-time lead.

From the second-half kick-off, Dodds scored a great individual try after a fantastic 60-metre run, which brought Ashington right back into the game at 26-19.

Ashington then dominated most of the second half which featured strong runs from Newman, Menzies, Nichol and Pritchard and plenty of lineout ball from Anderson and Moffatt, but a series of poor decisions and poor kicks in good attacking positions meant Ashington failed to turn their pressure and superiority into points.

With the last play of the match Redcar, in virtually their only attack of the second half, scored a try in the corner to give them a flattering 31-19 win.

Whilst continuing to show great improvement on recent seasons, Ashngton’s failure to make the most of their opportunities is costing them points and results.

Ashington have no league fixture on Saturday and their next league game is Darlington away, on Saturday, October 22, kick-off 3pm.