Indiscipline costs Ashington in defeat to North Shields

Ashington suffered a nine-point home defeat as indiscipline and interceptions proved costly.

Once again Ashington started poorly and gifted North Shields an early try well converted from the touchline.

After their poor start Ashington began to exert pressure and a great tackle by Nathan Whitworth set up a penalty, which was well converted by Elliot.

Elliot then hit the crossbar with a second penalty before an interception try by North Shields when Ash were in another strong attacking position extended the visitors lead.

North Shields scored a third try after a missed tackle in the centre to give them a 17-3 lead after 20 minutes.

Ash dominated most of the next 20 minutes, adding another penalty from Elliot, before Gareth Bewick wrestled his way over for a well deserved try, again converted by Elliot to make the score 17-13 to Shields at half-time.

The second half was a scrappy affair, with dropped passes, knock-ons and missed opportunities by both sides.

North Shields extended their lead with a fourth try, again from an interception, as the game became niggly and indisciplined.

And it was this indiscipline which cost Ashington a point at the end of the game.