HORDEN staged a superb fightback from 12-0 down to secure a share of the spoils at Ponteland – although they went close to throwing it away at the death.
The first score came after 25 minutes, when Ponteland worked the ball into the midfield from a line-out, went through a couple of phases before sneaking around the blindside to score an unconverted try.
Ponteland scored again soon afterwards. Again from a line-out they worked the ball into the midfield and after a quick recycle, the home centre hit a good line to break through the defence to go under the posts to make it 12-0.
In the final five minutes of the first period, Horden battered away at the home line with forward and midfield drives.
Ponteland continually conceded penalties, four in total, but there were no yellow cards or, sadly, no points for the visitors.
Horden’s first first try finally arrived in the second half. From a scrum in the home 22, Newton Turton picked from number eight and fed Rob McGorman who outpaced his opposite number to score.
Midway through the second half, Horden levelled the scores. Forward pressure saw Andrew Rollins go over from close range after a number of pick and drives. Craig Jones kicked a good conversion from wide out to make it 12-12.
With a minute on the clock, Horden seemed to press the selef-destruct button after winning a penalty in their own half.
Rather than kick deep into Ponteland territory, Horden decided to tap and go and ended up turning ball over and conceding a penalty.
It gave Ponteland a chance at goal to win the game but, thankfully for Horden, they missed.