Heavy home defeat for Ashington RFC as league kicks-off

Ashington RFC began their league season with a disappointing home defeat to Whitley Bay Rockcliff.

The visitors went ahead after only five minutes with a converted try from a five-metre scrum.

Ash fought back well and dominated the next 25 minutes. Strong runs from Dickinson, who was held up on the try line, Rutherford, Groves, Wood and Johnson kept Ashington camped in the Rockcliff 22 and only some great tackling stopped them from scoring.

Eventually the pressure told and a quick blindside move from scrum-half Nichol saw Dickinson, who missed most of last season, drive over for a try in the corner, which was well converted by Acaster.

But Rockcliff finished the half strongly, scoring two tries, the first from a sloppy mix up at the base of an Ash scrum, the second from a blindside move on the stroke of half-time.

In between these two tries, full-back Baz Metcalfe pulled of an astonishing try saving tackle when the visitors had a three-man overlap.

Ash turned around 19-7 down at half-time and can count themselves a little unlucky after dominating long periods of play.

The second half was disrupted by a series of injuries and two yellow cards, one for each side.

Rockcliff were least affected by the disruptions, playing some good attacking rugby and scoring three unanswered second half tries.

Ash continued to make life difficult for themselves by trying to run the ball on every occasion instead of kicking their way out of defensive positions.

Meanwhile Ashington second XV had a decent start to the season in a high scoring draw with Ryton seconds.

Next Saturday Ashington are away to Wallsend, and on Sunday the club hold a girls rugby taster session, starting 10am, all are welcome.