Ashington suffered a heartbreaking defeat to Hartlepool on Saturday as a last minute converted try earned the visitors a single point victory.
It promised to be a close contest from the outset with the game evenly matched over the first 20 minutes, although the visitors were kept out with some last ditch, stubborn defending on a couple of occasions.
But after 23 minutes the Hartlepool left winger chipped over the defence and scored a good individual try for a 5-0 lead.
Good tactical kicks from Ashington’s Acaster got the home side deep into Hartlepool’s 22 and from a lineout Rutherford crashed over in the corner for an Ashington try which Rosser converted from wide out on the left to make the half-time score 7-5.
Ashington flanker Dickinson was sin binned on 53 minutes in a harsh decision for what was adjudged as a late tackle.
The visitors capitalised and the left winger scored a try from an interception to give them back the lead at 10-7.
Ashington responded with a try from Goose after a terrific 30-metre drive by the pack, which was again converted by Rosser to restore Ashington’s lead at 14-10.
but on 70 minutes Hartlepool scored again with an unconverted try from what seemed a forward pass to go one point ahead.
The home side threw everything at the visitors who were finding Ashington’s forwards hard to handle.
In the 75th minute Ashington’s 18-year-old left winger Cory Whitworth scored the try of the game when he scorched in from 30 metres out, leaving three defenders in his wake and scoring between the posts to give Ashington back the lead at 21-15.
Hartlepool pressed hard and were awarded a series of penalties which kept the pressure on the home side in the dying minutes.
Eventually they scored in the right corner and the match then hinged on the touchline conversion with the last kick of the game, which was struck perfectly to win the game for Hartlepool, leaving Ashington with a losing bonus point for all their endeavours.
A cracking game to watch with the lead changing hands seven times and the visitors counted themselves lucky indeed to come away with a win.
Ashington’s Darren Dickinson acquitted himself well on his first match this season and it was good to see him back.
Ashington 3rds recorded a 29-18 home win over Medicals.