HORDEN warmed up for Saturday’s Durham Northumberland One derby against Hartlepool Rovers in style with a resounding 33-0 win at Gosforth.
The colliery side’s record on the artificial pitch at Druid’s Park has been a mixed one over recent times, but on Saturday it looked as though they had been playing on it for years.
Glenn Bowman’s team ran in four tries to pick up another bonus point.
Star of the show in Newcastle was stand-off Andrew Turner, who not only scored the best try of the afternoon but pulled the strings successfully at stand-off.
Horden led 20-0 at the interval after scoring three tries.
Sub Wayne Dawson, who came on to play full-back after an injury to Michael Turner, touched down, while number eight Stephen Heckles finished a pack pushover.
Newton Turton also scored, though it was his last contribution after being injured when diving over.
After the break it was the Turner show. He played a delightful chip over the Gosforth defence, collected the ball and broke clear for a fantastic score.
He added the conversion and kicked two penalties to complete the romp.