Horden’s big win helps ease drop fears

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HORDEN registered their highest score of the season with a 48-23 win against Consett to move ever closer to guaranteeing their Division One place for next season.

Horden got off to a cracking start when the forwards made good ground before Paul James and Michael Turner handled down the blindside for David Mason to score an unconverted try.

Soon after it was 12-0 when David Bains released Dave Smith who scythed through the defence before stepping the full-back to touch down with Mason converting.

Consett hit back quickly with a well-worked converted try under the posts before a penalty made it 12-10.

Horden responded when Newton Turton broke from a scrum before the ball was moved wide through the threes. Mason was tackled out wide but Horden retained possession and good hands from Luke Watson and Smith put Turner in at the corner, Mason knocked over a good conversion to put his side 19-10 up.

Consett pulled three points with a penalty to make it 19-13 just before half-time and it could have been worse but for Chris Purvis getting back to make a try-saving tackle in the corner.

Horden were confident of turning the screw in the second half and they did just that.

Multiple forward phases took play to five metres from the away line where Watson put Bains though a gap to score under the posts.

David Heckles scored the next try in his first game since his return from West before Andrew Raine made a trademark sniping break from the base of the scrum on half-way to go all the way to take the score out to 36.

Another ex-West man, Watson, made a great midfield break to take play into the Consett 22, from where prop Jimmy Schofield, lurking on the wing, slid over.

To give Consett credit, they never stopped trying to play but Horden worked really hard in defence, with Purvis, Turton and Watson leading the way.

And when Horden pressed Consett into a mistake, Heckles intercepted a loose pass to go the length of the pitch for his second score.

Consett ran in two second-half tries which they deserved for their efforts.

Skipper Michael Thubron led by example all the way through the game, typified by him tracking back and making a tackle on the winger right in the corner when a score seemed certain.

H Sunderland suffered defeat number 15 when they lst 44-16 at home to Acklam.

In Division Two, Seaham lost 69-12 at Redcar.