Rockets make it third time lucky against Vikings

Cramlington Rockets (orange) battle to victory over Jarrow Vikings.
Cramlington Rockets (orange) battle to victory over Jarrow Vikings.

Cramlington Rockets first team beat Jarrow Vikings 32-24 at the third time of asking this season.

The orange and blacks went into this fixture looking to avenge defeats in the two previous games – both by a 34-36 scoreline – with the Rockets give 12 debuts to players from the ever improving U16 section.

The Rockets started the game strongly with U16 winger Jake Woods going the length of the field to get the Rockets on their way with a 6-0 head start.

After both sides traded a couple of tries, the Rockets’ young guns managed to cope with an onslaught from the Vikings and go into the break with the lead.

In the second half, the more experienced Vikings worked their way back into the game and with only five minutes left on the clock, Jarrow grabbed a try to take the narrow the Rockets’ lead to only four points at 24-28.

With the memory of the two agonisingly close previous loses in the back of the Rockets’ minds, they could have been forgiven if nerves started to creep in.

But it was third time lucky as the Rockets sealed the club’s first every victory over Jarrow’s first team with a try in the closing stages of the game.

Cramlington U16s head coach Jordan Robinson said: “I’m massively proud of all the U16s that have stepped up the first team.

“I could see the looks on their parents’ faces before the match when they saw the size of the opposition but after the game they were all smiles when they realised that if you’re good enough, you’re old enough.

“The lads never took a step back and the older members of the team were brilliant with them, it really shows what a top class club we have here from top to bottom.”