Hard fought with for Ashington XV against Sedgefield

In a scrappy match a maturing Ashington delivered a hard fought win against a tough Sedgefield side who battled to the end.

The home side were put under early pressure and only two great tackles by Mitchell Brown, whose tackling throughout the match was outstanding, prevented an early score.

Sedgefield were awarded a try after five minutes which was well converted to give them the lead.

Ashington bounced back and a Karl Anderson lineout set up a driving maul that was driven on by Menzies, who unselfishly fed Anderson following up his own lineout take to cross for a well taken try.

They continued to have the best of the half and a blind-side move by the lively Menzies and Cory Whitworth set up good attacking position only for indiscipline to be penalised.

Ashington took the lead after 35 minutes when No.8 Chris Johnston crashed over from a five-metre scrum.

A magnificent cover tackle from man of the match Brown prevented a Sedgefield try on the stroke of half-time.

Ashington started the second half strongly and good Whitworth pressure, following up a Jarvis kick, set up a five-metre attacking scrum. They ran the ball and Brown crashed through the centre to score an unconverted try and give Ashington a 15-7 lead.

The home side had opportunities to extend their lead with strong runs from Josh Weeks and Connor Nichol setting up attacking opportunities, both lost through indiscipline.

Jarvis extended Ashington’s lead after a tackle from Darren Dickinson resulted in a penalty.

Dickinson also added Ashington’s final bonus point try near the end with a powerful run through the centre to score under the posts with Jarvis converting. These scores came either side of a Sedgefield penalty.

A scrappy but well fought out win played in front of a decent crowd, with every player giving 100 per cent. On Saturday Ashington are away to Sunderland.