Horden take foot off the pedal after super show

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HORDEN extended their lead to 12 points at the top of Durham and Northumberland Division One with an emphatic 45-3 home win over Stockton.

They opened the scoring within five minutes when Luke Watson dummied a pass to Craig Jones before gliding through the defence to score.

Stockton came straight back with veteran stand-off Paul Lee putting in some probing kicks to keep Horden deep in their own half.

Horden did not aid their cause with some unforced errors, Stockton kicking a penalty to make it 5-3. They missed one shortly afterwards which would have put them in the lead nd were soon made to pay.

Kieran Forbes outpaced the Stockton defence to go under the posts, and another try soon followed from Carl Oliver after more poor defending. Craig Jones converted both to make it 19-3.

Two more tries came before the break to make it 31-3, with winger Jones going over in the corner, and Forbes getting a second after picking up a kind bounce

With the breeze behind them in the second half, Horden focused on putting the ball behind Stockton and forcing them to play from deep. It was always going to be difficult for them to do that and throughout the second 40 minutes, they hardly made it out of their own half.

Gavin Davidson and Cameron Stables were replaced by Michael Thompson and Michael Turner, and the latter made an impact within five minutes.

The two teenagers in the back row, Wood and Forbes, combined to feed Turner. From 20 metres out, he stepped inside his opposite number and then the full-back to score. Jones kicked the conversion to make it 38-3.

Horden finally managed to get another score with five minutes to go. Turner was brought down, but the ball was quickly recycled and Wood crashed over under the posts for a deserved try.

H Sunderland’s Division Two match at Whitley Bay Rockcliff was postponed.