Disappointing loss for Ash at 'Shields
North Shields 26-3 Ashington RFC
Ashington started the game strongly driving North Shields off their first 2 scrums, but failed to take advantage of their good start by driving through the middle and not using their pace out wide.
North Shields came back into the game and after 15 minutes took the lead with a penalty after Ash were penalised at an advancing scrum. Ash then lost their powerful centre John Tuck to injury after he and Ryan Dodds had combined to set up a good attacking position.
Shields began to dominated possession without looking dangerous, and kicked two further penalties before 2 missed tackles enabled Shields to cross in the corner for an unconverted try.
On the stroke of half time Ash were awarded a penalty at a scrum, the referee failing to give Ash advantage when they were driving forward, McKay kicked the penalty to give a 14-3 half time scoreline.
From the restart Ash drove forward, with both Nathan Whitworth and Jack Rutherford carrying the ball strongly. Ash were awarded a couple of kickable penalties but each time opted to kick for touch, North Shields snuffing out the attacking lineouts.
Ash were then penalised for not taking a quick tap penalty through the mark when scrum half Arkle would have scored. Five minutes later Shields were allowed to get away with an identical infringement and were able to cross for a try.
Shields added a third converted try near the end to give them a deserved win.
Ash still have a chance to finish the season strongly with two home fixtures against Richmondshire ( April 21) and Ryton (May 5).
Ash 2nds had a fabulous 60 point victory in their league game against Whitley Bay and are still in a good position to finish their league as champions with two games still to play.