HORDEN’S march to the Durham and Northumberland Division One title continues after victory in Saturday’s 2014 opener.
Their 34-24 win over Hartlepool Rovers at Welfare Park gave them a five-point lead over closest challengers Blyth.
Rovers were quickly onto the attack and took a third-minute 7-0 lead wityh a converted try.
Chris Purvis squeezed in at the left-hand corner as Horden hit back, and Newton Turton added a second try, with Andrew Turner converting, to turn the tables at 12-7.
Rovers went over to level the scores, but once again, Horden cancelled this score out when Kieron Forbes put in a powerful burst to the line.
The second period started slowly as the rain continued to fall on what had become a very grey afternoon.
Horden eventually started to exert pressure and the home pack pushed their opposite numbers back over their line where Paul James touched down.
A converted Rovers try kept the visitors in touch, but Forbes soon added his second try of the afternoon for the hosts, with Turner adding the extra points.
Craig Jones added another try for Horden before Rovers grabbed a late try of their own.