HOUGHTON enjoyed a first-half blitz of tries edge their home battle against Hartlepool BBOB by 25-17.
Houghton were keen to get back to winning ways after their defeat to Jarrovians.
However, they got off to the worst of starts, gifting BBOB an opening score when they intercepted a mis-placed Houghton pass.
The Dairy Lane side managed to get back into the game when some powerful drives were awarded by a penalty from Chris Simpson.
And Houghton were soon back on the scoresheet with a try in the corner from Brett Henderson, after some great work by prop Andrew Tyzack.
They continued their scoring with a good line break and a powerful run by Mark Douglass, who offloaded the ball to full- back David Cummings, who powered over the line, the conversion added by Chris Simpson.
BBOB then came back at Houghton, scoring from a line out.
However, Houghton finished the half on a high through a well-executed backs’ move which saw Douglass again break the line, offloading to flanker Anth Bolton to score a converted try for a 22-10 half-time lead.
The second half was a scrappy affair, BBOB putting Houghton under pressure, but the home side held strong.
However, Houghton were the first on the scoresheet after some more indiscipline in the BBOB defence saw another kickable penalty for Simpson.
The only lapse for Houghton saw them gift BBOB a penalty try from a scrum after lock Ian Turnbull had been given a yellow card for killing the ball.
However, Houghton held on for a win which keeps them fourth in Durham Northumberland Three on 48 points.
Their next match is a tough away trip to third-placed Newton Aycliffe in two weeks time.
Houghton: Cummings, Henderson, Simpson, Douglass, Maggoire, Hughes, Shepherd (Bradley), Tyzack, Potts(C ), Hissett, Scott (Lydiatt (Parkinson)), Turnbull, Bolton, Crowther (Main), McBeth.