HORDEN are not the first team to suffer at the hands of rampaging Gateshead – and they won’t be the last.
For the second occasion this season, Horden conceded a half-century to the Durham Northumberland One leaders in a 59-6 defeat. Gateshead have now amassed 780 points in 13 games.
Horden lost the toss, with Gateshead electing to play into the strong breeze blowing down the pitch.
The hosts started fairly well and Andrew Turner kicked them into a 6-0 lead thanks to two penalties.
Horden continued to have good field position and possession. From a scrum, Andy White made a good midfield break into the away 22, but support was slow to get with him and the ball ended up being turned over.
Gateshead scored their first try when they moved the ball wide quickly from within their half and outpaced the home defence to score in the corner.
Horden helped Gateshead’s cause by giving away needless penalities at the breakdown and the leaders scored from short range just before half-time to make it 10-6.
The hosts needed to keep possession when playing into the wind, but within the first 10 minutes had spilled the ball three times while attacking in the away half .
Gateshead exploited these mistakes each time by moving the ball wide quickly and scoring tries.
The game was over a contest by this point and Gateshead scored regularly to complete a 59-6 victory.
Coach Glenn Bowman said: “I was really disappointed with the second-half performance.
“We’d done reasonably well in the first half and if we’d taken the couple of opportunities we had we could have led a half-time.
“Playing into the wind in the second half without a reasonable lead was always going to be a big ask and so it proved.
“But what was particularly frustrating was the fact that we didn’t make the opposition work for their points. We simply gifted them opportunities and they took them.
“Fair play to them, they continually exploited our weaknesses, which is what good sides do.”