HORDEN avenged their shock defeat at Guisborough last October by winning the return match at Welfare Park with ease by 32 points to 15.
The colliery side started brightly and scored within five minutes of the kick-off. From a line-out on the Guisborough 22, the forwards drove on through the phases before the ball was released to the threes, where Andrew White picked up to touch down after David Mason broke through the line, to be stopped just short.
Further pressure brought a penalty which Craig Jones – kicking in place of the unavailable Andrew Turner – put over to increase the lead to 8-0.
Guisborough gradually got a foothold in the game, with their forwards making good ground through a picks and drives and they were eventually rewarded with an unconverted try from close range.
However, just before half-time, Horden extended the lead to 15-5.
Mason fielded an away kick skilfully over his shoulder and fed Jones, who burst down the wing, fended off a defender and went over in the corner. Jones crowned his fine try with a great touchline conversion.
Horden faced the elements in the second half and made the worst possible start.
Guisborough worked a couple of forward drives before attacking the blindside, where they scored an unconverted try wide out.
Horden’s lead was now only five points and in the windy conditions it was difficult to move the ball wide, so the the pack took control and made good ground.
From a five-metre scrum, Newton Turton picked from the base and outpaced the defence to score. Jones converted to make it 22-10.
The Horden pack were on top in the loose as well as the set-piece and they duly turned the screw, backed up by some good work by White and Heckles.
Neil Hartley benefited from the forward dominance and the scrum-half dived over from close range after a number of drives.
The last score was a forward affair as they mauled their way to the try line following a line-out, Michael Thompson the scorer.
Guisborough got a consolation try just before full-time, but Horden were well worth the win.”