Ashington leave the best 'til last with big win
Ashington RFC 34-17 Ryton
Ashington produced one of their best performances of the season in this year’s final league game.
Ash took an early lead through a Jake McKay penalty, and then spent the next 25 minutes under pressure as Ryton drew level with a penalty and then scored two well worked tries both converted, to give the visitors a 3-17 lead.
Just before half time, Ash fly half Jonny Storey burst through a gap and had the pace to race 35m to score under the posts, McKay adding the conversion to give a 10-17 half time score.
Ash then produced an excellent second half performance. Good forward pressure from the restart saw Jack Rutherford drive over from close range for a try in the corner, well converted by McKay.
With the scores now level at 17 -17 Ash had the edge in the set play with both scrummage and lineout going well but still found themselves under pressure. Mckay broke out of defence and fed Owen Jarvis who sped 50m down the right wing before timing a perfect pass to Cory Whitworth who jinked inside the covering defence to race under the posts for Ashington’s third try, again converted by Mckay.
Mckay in a superb 100% kicking display then extended Ashington’s lead with a penalty 30m out. Ash then failed to capitalise on strong runs from both Nathan Whithworth and Steven Parson, before a half break from Storey saw him feed the supporting McKay who streaked through the gap and outpaced the covering defence to score a try under the posts which he converted to cap a fine team performance.