Ashington secure first win of the season at Houghton

Ashington got their first win of the season on Saturday in a scrappy game against fellow strugglers Houghton.

The return of Johnny Storey at fly-half gave the team more shape and early pressure from the visitors resulted in a try for Dickinson after a Storey inside pass to give Ashington a deserved lead.

The visitors put themselves under pressure from the kick-off but good runs from Weeks and Merryweather resulted in a penalty converted by full-back Jones to extend Ashington’s lead.

Houghton then had their best spells either side of half-time and added a converted try with the last move of the first half.

Eight minutes into the second half the game was halted when Houghton were in a good attacking position for what appeared to be a serious head injury to the Houghton prop, and all hope he has a speedy recovery.

When play resumed Ashington reacted the stronger of the two sides and Jones kicked two well struck penalties to give Ashington a 14-7 lead.

Strong Ashington defence based on solid tackling from Whitworth, Jones and a great cover tackle by Rosser restricted Houghton to one penalty attempt.

Both sides struggled to win their lineouts throughout the game resulting in a lack of continuity, an area Ashington must improve if they are going to climb up the league.

This Saturday Ashington are at home to Sunderland with a 3pm kick-off.