Comeback kings Horden secure victory with spirited display

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HORDEN produced one of Durham Northumberland One’s greatest comebacks to take victory against Gosforth.

When the Newcastle club led 27-7 at half-time, the writing seemed to be on the wall for the colliery side.

But they came back with five-second half tries for an incredible 43-34 victory.

Gosforth started the stronger and were certainly the dominant side in the first half.

They took a 3-0 lead with a drop goal and when their backs finished off a good handling move, it was 10-0 to the visitors.

Horden hit back when centre Dave Smith burst through the Gosforth defence and handed off the full-back to go under the posts. Craig Jones converted.

However, Horden shot themselves in the foot by failing to clear their lines, kicking straight down the throat of the away winger who ran the ball back with Gosforth scoring a converted try in the corner.

A Gosforth penalty made it 20-7 and they were constantly looking to get the ball wide. It was an approach which paid dividends when they got on the outside of the home backline to outpace the defence to score another converted try.

Following a half-time inquest, Horden started the second period strongly.

Another break by Smith put Horden on the front foot which was followed by a number of quick forward drives. It created an opportunity for Neil Hartley to sneak around the fringe of a ruck to touch down for a try to start the comeback.

Immediately from the kick-off, Horden pegged Gosforth back in their 22.

They showed patience to work the ball left and right through forwards and backs before Lowis burst over from short range to finish off the pressure.

Lowis claimed a second try from a powerful five-metre scrum shortly afterwards. With Jones converting all three scores, Horden were now 28-27 up.

Horden were now the dominant side, denying the opposition any possession and keeping them out of the game.

From a scrum on the 10-metre line, skipper Newton Turton fed Carl Oliver who burst through the line to make good yards. He then made the return pass to Turton who galloped over to make it 35-27.

A Jones penalty then made it 38-27.

Gosforth made a rare venture in the Horden half and were rewarded with a converted a try to cut the deficit to just four points.

But with five minutes to go, Horden sealed the win when Gosforth were penalised at a scrum deep in their own 22 after they held up a bid for the line by Michael Thompson.

Hartley reacted quickest to the award to dart over from five minutes.

It completed a sensational home performance.