Ashington failed to follow up on the previous week’s win when they entertained Sunderland at home in Saturday.
The visitors pack dominated straight away and within six minutes had their first try from a strong maul following a lineout.
After 15 minutes some woeful tackling from the home side allowed the Sunderland second row to brush off three tackles and score a converted try.
Not long after the visitors scored a push over try followed soon after by another after good handling by the Sunderland backs
This at last prompted Ashington and they pressed strongly in the lead up to half-time with Josh Weeks making a great 40-metre break only for the home side to concede a penalty from the resulting ruck.
Soon after the visitors scored an interception try right on half-time with the score then at 27-0.
Ashington were further disrupted by a series of injuries in the second half when first skipper Newman went off after 50 minutes, Nichol ten minutes later, then they lost Merryweather before the end.
In between these Rosser was needlessly sin-binned for arguing with the referee. Indiscipline that Ash could well do without. Sunderland went on to score four second half tries with the final score 53-0.
Next week there is a much needed break in the league programme due to the World Cup final.
Meanwhile Ashington seconds continued their winning run with a fine victory away to Gateshead.
Ashington also hosted a schools’ rugby festival recently with NCEA, Ashington High School and St Benet Biscop taking part involving some 80 young players under the All Schools Programme.
And many of these players then turned up at the club on Sunday to take part in youth rugby training.