HORDEN clinched their first Durham Northumberland One double of the season when they roared to a convincing 43-13 win over Gosforth.
Glenn Bowman’s team scored five tries at Welfare Park, where the match was preceded by a minute’s silence in tribute to those who died in the tragic New Year’s Day shootings in the village.
Incredibly, the contest featured four yellow cards and one red, though the game was never a bad-tempered affair.
Gosforth scored an unconverted try from a catch and drive against a seven-man home pack after Paul Malcolm had been sin-binned.
However, Horden responded strongly. Andrew Turner kicked two penalties and then converted an interception David Heckles try from the halfway line as Horden went 13-8 up.
Chris Purvis burst through the Gosforth defence and the ball was recycled quickly for Michael Thompson to feed front row comrade Andrew Rollins, who crashed over in the corner to make it 18-8.
Gosforth then had a man sin-binned and a good catch and drive saw Thompson go over. Turner converted and added a penalty to give Horden a handsome 28-8 half-time lead.
His fourth penalty after the break made it 31-8, but for the next 20 minutes Gosforth battered the home line.
Horden finally managed to break out and good pressure saw Andy White intercept from halfway again to go under the posts for Turner to convert.
Gosforth then had a man sent off for his second yellow card offence and at the end, a turnover ball on the wide right was moved to Ross Brymer, who burst past his opposite number to score wide out.
The back row of Purvis, Turton and Greener got through a mountain of work for Horden, with Greener man of the match.