First half horror show for Ashington against Bishops

Ashington’s poor early season start continued with a disastrous first half display where missed tackles were the norm as a strong running Bishop Auckland powered to a 43-0 interval lead.

Bishops scored six tries at regular intervals up to half-time, beginning with a converted score after only three minutes and ending with an injury time try after a great break and chip and chase from their scrum-half.

Ash did have a period of sustained pressure midway through the first half, but good defence kept the forwards out.

Ashington started the second half strongly but had player-coach Stuart Rosser sin binned after 46 minutes.

The players need to learn that referees will not change their mind once they have made a decision and it is pointless arguing.

A man down they went further behind after several missed tackles, which hopefully can be worked on in training.

Ash played the last 30 minutes with much better spirit and there were strong runs from veteran Mark Watson and a tremendous dummy and run by Baz Nelson.

However, Bishops still looked dangerous and twice great cover tackles by Brian Merryweather prevented the visitors from extending their lead.

Ashington’s consolation try came right at the end. A powerful run by Jonstone was stopped short of the line but Watson was on hand to drive over for a well deserved score. Acaster hit the post with his touchline conversion.

Good second half performances from Watson, Newman, Merryweather and Niblock give Ashington something to build on next week.

The second team suffered a narrow 29-22 defeat away to Northern.