HOUGHTON Boars suffered their first defeat of the season, losing 26-22 in an ill-tempered match at Seghill.
Houghton’s defence stood up to the Seghill attack early on and, after a quick turnover, Joe Jenkins found a way through the home players, running half the length of the pitch before offloading to Andy Ellis, who crossed for the first try of the game.
Ellis soon struck again, touching down after Gary Spoors ran from inside his own half, after the hosts dropped the ball.
A mistake by Houghton handed Seghill a penalty and while Houghton were retreating their 10 yards, Seghill had already scored a try and converted it.
Seghill, with their confidence boosted, pounced for a second converted try.
The home forwards attacked on the restart, but Houghton slowly got their act together and regained the lead with Lewis Whelan’s try.
John Parkinson added another try for the visitors, converted by Carl Harvey, for a 22-14 lead.
But Houghton tired late on, and Seghill capitalised, grabbing a converted try to trail by just a point, then grabbing a winner with the last play of the game.
On Saturday, Houghton firsts – beaten 25-22 by visitors Sedgefield in Durham and Northumberland Division Three last week – are away to Seghill. The Boars host Rockcliff.
H On Wednesday, Houghton’s Over-30s Legends will be in action for their second game of the season.
Houghton I (away to Seghill, meet 11.45am) from: C Simpson, M Potts, M Marchant, C Hicks, A Widdowfield, A Bolton, G Crowther, P McBernie, T Birtley, B Slater, B Henderson, B Raine, J Sneezham, G Bennett, G Hughes, S Wilson, I Turnbull, V McBeth, L Maggoire, D Large
Houghton Boars (home to Rockcliff, meet 12.30) from: R Main, A Fairley, D Miller, M Bircham, C Bowen, L Whelan, R Lydiatt, J Forester, R Harries, I Ashman, D Bradley, G Shepherd, A Ellis, M Macatominy, J Sharpe, C Gowland, K Jarvis, M Douglass, S Henderson, C Harvey, M Mossip
H Head coach Andy Robinson has made five changes for Scotland’s Test with Tonga in Aberdeen on Saturday.
Hooker Scott Lawson, lock Alastair Kellock, flanker Alasdair Strokosch, scrum-half Henry Pyrgos and centre Max Evans have all been called up to start.
Robinson said: “We’ve got to be able to perform for 80 minutes; our focus has been about that.”