Ashington’s game against Seaton Carew was one of the most exciting, nail-biting matches seen at the Rec in a long time.
The home side started strongly and put the visitors under early pressure with a couple of good lineout catch and drives.
Carew then had a good attacking position and two great tackles by Metcalfe could not prevent the visitors scoring in the corner after seven minutes to give them a 5-0 lead.
Ash continued to press and lost two good attacking lineouts before a take from Butler and strong runs by Rutherford and Wood saw Elliott convert a penalty in front of posts.
Ash were unlucky to lose Groves to injury after a great try saving covering tackle.
The home side finished the first half strongly with a great run from Rutherford bursting through the middle, but the move broke down.
The home side continued to press early in the second half and scored a deserved try by Goose from a forward drive, which was well converted by Elliott to give Ash a 10-5 lead.
The visitors then had a period of sustained pressure and great tackles by Niblock and Rosser, showing surprising pace, kept the visitors out.
But a series of conceded penalties and missed tackles saw Carew draw level with an unconverted try.
A good run by Nichol saw Ash awarded a penalty, which was well struck by Elliott to give the home side a 13-10 lead with 10 minutes to go.
Carew bounced back and missed tackles gifted the visitors a try and a 17-13 lead.
Ash then scored the try of the season. Winger Baz Metcalfe took off from within his own half, supported by hooker Rutherford, and inter-passing at pace the two took out most of the covering defence before Metcalfe dived over in the corner for a great try to give Ash an 18-17 lead.
The drama was not over, Carew finished strongly and with the last kick of the game they missed a penalty in front of the posts.