Ashington hit for 60 points at Hartlepool

Ashington suffered a 60-0 defeat at joint top Hartlepool on Saturday.

The home side, who are already strong candidates for promotion, took the lead after only eight minutes with a try, despite some good defence from Ashington.

Another unconverted try followed on 18 minutes to take the score to 10-0.

Ashington continued to absorb pressure despite being able to match their opponents comfortably in the scrums, and on 26 minutes the home side scored a very well worked try involving forwards and backs and took the score to 17-0.

For the next ten minutes Ashington pressed the home side and two good runs by Shaun Nichol put them on the front foot. However, right on half-time Hartlepool scored a breakaway try for a 22-0 lead.

Hartlepool's hooker had to leave the field with an injury and after just five minutes of the second half a Hartlepool prop was sin-binned for deliberately preventing a quick Ashington tap penalty just 15 meters from Hartlepool's try line. Although they made another ten metres from the second tap penalty, they knocked on with the line beckoning.

This worked very much against them as the game then had to go to uncontested scrums as Hartlepool had already used their front row replacement and their prop was in the sin bin.

The home side therefore won the scrum near their line and cleared the ball and became dominant with strong running from their back line and scored another six tries in the second half despite the opposite Hartlepool prop also being sin-binned for preventing another Ash quick penalty, and yet again the game resorting to uncontested scrums.

Ashington once again showed great spirit in this heavy loss and Connor Nichol continued his good run of form. Skipper Newman carried well throughout supported by Johnson and Rutherford.