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Friday, 18 April 2014

Ashington cash in on Prudhoe’s cards

STRUGGLING Prudhoe & Stocksfield paid a heavy price for their indiscipline as they went down to Ashington in their opening home game of 2013.

Two yellow cards saw them trail by 17 points at half time and, despite a solid performance in the second period, they could not recover from the early setbacks.

It was the visitors who looked strong from the outset, but Prudhoe gave a good account of themselves with BJ Neil stepping in to cover the suspended Scott Urwin.

A fifth penalty awarded saw Ashington finally get their noses in front, hard work seeing them drive over the line after taking advantage of a five metre scrum.

It was another five minutes before the home side were pulled up for their misdemeanours, but it was a costly one as the referee brandished the yellow card to reduce Prudhoe to 14 men.

The defence did well to survive with a numerical disadvantage but, just as the back row was restored to full strength, an ill advised comment saw Glenn Page take a 10 minute break!

The home side did not fare as well with reduced ranks this time though, Ashington taking the ball at the line out to cross for their second try.

A third try on the stroke of half time gave Ashington a 17-0 lead at the break.

The hosts were finally brought back to 15 after the interval, and they really took the game to their guests.

They turned around the scrums and forced the visitors into constant infringements of their own, Matthew Kilgore kicking the first points for Prudhoe from a penalty.

Two minutes later and the hosts cranked up the pressure, Alex Potts scoring a real stand off’s try when he spotted a gap to break through and touch down.

P&S really took hold of the game from this point.

So it was very much against the run of play when Ashington put the game beyond Prudhoe’s reach when they secured the fourth, bonus point winning try late in the afternoon.

The hosts continued to press but to no avail.

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