Ashington produced a disappointing performance at Hartlepool after two consecutive wins had seen them pull away from the relegation zone.
Fielding an inexperienced back line and several changes to the forwards, Ashington repeatedly lost the ball when in possession and missed tackles on a regular basis.
The visitors found themselves 10-0 down after ten minutes, but their first piece of pressure resulted in a well struck Elliott penalty to give them three points.
Midway through the first half Ash lost second row Chris Conway and flanker Steesh Turner to injury as they continued to concede further tries on a regular basis.
It was only in the last 15 minutes that Ash showed real fight and commitment when their scrum began to get on top, which seemed to give them confidence.
It was in this final period, from an attacking lineout, that Chris Johnston barged his way over the line for a well deserved try.
Other positive contributions came from scrum-half Niblock, the Nichol brothers at wing and full-back young centre Nathan Whitworth, and a strong late cameo from player coach Rosser.
Meanwhile in the semi-final of the third team cup, Ashington Pirates had an impressive 44-33 win over Seghill Deputies, which gives the club a chance of some silverware in what has been a difficult season so far.
Next week there is no first team fixture as league games take an international break, with the Wales v Ireland and England v Scotland games being shown live at the club, with kick-offs of 2.30pm and 5pm.