Ashington RFC went down to Winlaton on Saturday as the home side ran in five first half tries.
Winlaton took an early lead with a well taken try before Ashington full-back Ryan Dodds stuck a 35-metre penalty and then added a second after Winlaton had further extended their lead with a second try.
Winlaton added a further three first half tries as Ashington lost Carr, Harrigan and then Storey to injuries and a rout seemed on the cards.
However, a galvanised Ashington finished the first half strongly and scored two deserved tries from Merryweather and Dodds to make it 29-16 athalf-time.
Winlaton had much of the attacking play in the second half, but dogged Ashington defending restricted them to two further tries and two penalties.
Ashington gave a debut to Josh Weeks who had an excellent game on the wing.
Ashington seconds had a great 29-26 victory against Winlaton seconds.
This Saturday Ashington are at home to Redcar and the England v Australia World Cup game will be on the large screen and TVs in the clubhouse at 8pm, and all welcome to the club’s ‘Aussie Barby’ night.