In-form Houghton power to victory

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HOUGHTON put on a superb all-round performance to triumph 32-10 at Yarm.

Houghton were looking build on their second half performance in their defeat against Whitby last weekend. The game also saw a return to the starting line-up for Graham Hughes, Gary Shepherd and Craig Hissett, with Paul McBernie and Ben Slater returning to the squad.

The first half saw Houghton start the brighter but Yarm soon came back into the game qucikly and were the first team on the scoreboard with a penalty after some indiscipline in the Houghton defence was punished.

Houghton then went back on the attack and put the Yarm defence under pressure through some clever kicking from Andy Charlton and Jack Sneezham. The pressure finally paid off when Andy Charlton kicked a penalty.

The second half saw Houghton were straight on the attack with some powerful runs from McBernie and Glen Crowther, coupled with some clinical running from the back line.

Houghton made use of gaps created in the Yarm defence Tom Birtley taking a quick tap and spreading the ball wide for Ben Slater to score near the posts. Andy Charlton converted.

Houghton’s second try of the afternoon came soon after with some more powerful runs by the whole team, with McBernie powering over from close range.

Yarm then came back and after the sin-binning of Tom Birtley, they brought the game back to within five points.

This meant that the next score was going to be vital and after a number of chances being wasted by Houghton, the opportunity came again from a kickable penalty which saw the Yarm second row sin binned. Andy Charlton converted and pushed the score difference to eight points.

Houghton then finished the game off with the final play of the game, Graham Hughes running the ball in from the 22 to score his first try for the club since his return from Horden.