Under strength Ashington thumped by high-flying Acklam

A weakened Ashington side travelled to second top Acklam and their old failings returned with a bang.

The visitors found themselves under pressure throughout the first half, often from missed tackles as Acklam took full advantage.

The Ashington defence, particularly in the backs, stood off their bigger opponents who were allowed to build momentum instead of closing them down early.

The forwards also produced their most disappointing display of the season, with only second row Chris Conway and replacement flanker Steesh Turner showing real fight.

Ash began the second half 38-0 down and a man in the sin bin, but at least they began to show a bit of spirit.

Six minutes into the second half Acklam winger Albert scored a fine individual try with a fantastic turn of pace that made the Ash defence look pedestrian.

The second half then continued in a similar pattern to the first with Acklam scoring at fairly regular intervals.

The Ashington highlights being a fantastic 60-metre run from centre Brian Merryweather, which resulted in one of their few periods of attacking pressure, and a big tackle from fellow centre Stuart Rosser five minutes from time, probably his first tackle of the game.

Ashington will need to pick themselves up for next week’s must win game against Winlaton Vulcans, and they will be counting on the return of some of their more experienced players.

Training is at 7pm Tuesday and Thursday, new and old players are welcome.

Saturday’s game kicks-off at 2.15pm at the Rec.