First half display sets up Ashington RFC for win over Sunderland

Morpeth 55 Consett 7
Morpeth 55 Consett 7

Ashington playing with the wind behind them produced a scintillating first half performance to lead 21-3 at half-time against Sunderland.

Ash had a perfect start, in the second minute quick hands saw Jake McKay cut inside and streak away from the covering defence to score under the posts from 40 metres out, McKay adding his own conversion.

Full-back Jarvis and Number 8 Johnson both had excellent first halves, and it was Johnson’s strong run from the base of a scrum deep inside the homes sides 22 that set up a sweeping move finished by Jarvis for Ashington’s second try converted by McKay.

Ash had a period of extensive pressure featuring strong runs from Rutherford and Newman but it was Sunderland who scored next with a well struck penalty, before scrum-half Johnny Arkle crossed for a Ashington’s third try, McKay converting.

Just after half-time man of the match McKay extended Ashington’s lead with a simple penalty, before runs from Johnson and Storey freed up Merryweather who cut inside his man and outpaced the covering defence to score under the posts for Ashington’s fourth converted try to give the home side a 31-3 lead.

Sunderland, having a stronger second half scored a try in the corner well converted to make the score 31-10.

Ash bounced straight back, Scott White playing only his second first team game caught the ball from the kick-off and charged 30 meters upfield before being stopped deep in the Sunderland 22, two phases later White was on hand to power his way over with two defenders hanging onto him for a well deserved try.

Sunderland finished strongly taking advantage of the strong wind to score three tries, but a determined Ashington hung on for a well deserved win.

Ashington seconds had an excellent 41-17 away win at Sunderland to complete a great double over the weekend for the club.

This Saturday Ashington can travel away to Whitby with the confidence of a good home win behind them.