Poor start for Ashington rugby
Hartlepool 41Ashington RFC 12An extremely poor start by Ashington saw them 12-0 down after two minutes, 17-0 down after 13 and 24-0 down after 20 as they repeatedly missed first up tackles against a dominant Hartlepool pack.
Ash began to win some ball and a strong run by Bradley Smart, followed by quick hands featuring Brown and Arkle saw Merryweather out strip the covering defence to score wide out for the visitors.
In the second half Jonta Johnson crashed over from close range, Arkle adding the conversion. They had a spell of pressure, but Hartlepool responded and added three more tries to run out comfortable winners.
This week Ashington 1s entertain Ryton at home, kick-off 3pm.