Ash edged in see-saw game
Ashington 29-33 Richmondshire
Ashington got off to a fabulous start. Veteran second row Ben Butler caught the ball from the kick off and set off on a barnstorming run. From the resulting ruck the ball was fed wide and winger Cory Whitworth seared through the covering defence to score a scintillating first try, converted by Jake McKay.
Richmondshire fought back and scored their first try to give a 7-5 scoreline after only five minutes.
Centre Nathan Whitworth added Ashington’s second try after 12 minutes crashing through two attempted tackles, McKay adding the conversion.
Richmondshire benefitted from a period of extended pressure, and on the stroke of half time they scored a deserved converted try to give a 14-12 interval scoreline.
Ash lost McKay to injury at half time, but replacement James Turner had no problem slotting an early second half penalty to extend Ashington’s lead to 17-12.
Ash had Cory Whitworth yellow carded and despite some good Ashington defence Richmondshire took advantage of the extra man to score a converted try.
Whitworths strong run set up a good attacking position and following a Jonny Storey break, Ryan Dodds shot through the space to score for the home side after a quickly taken tap penalty, Turner adding the extras.
Richmond bounced back to take a 24-26 lead with their fourth converted try. Ash came straight back and were unlucky to be penalised for crossing when they were certain to score. They then had a second player yellow carded enabling Richmond to extend their lead with another well converted try.
With time running out Ash piled on the pressure and Storey crossed for Ashington’s fourth bonus point try giving a final 29-33 score.