Washington denied at the death in mudbath

Washington (blue) loses out in a lineout against Hartlepool BBOB
Washington (blue) loses out in a lineout against Hartlepool BBOB
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Washington were pipped 14-13 by visitors Hartlepool BBOB in a Durham/Northumberland Division Three mudbath.

Washington took the lead in the 35th minute with an unconverted try, but the visitors managed a converted score to lead 7-5.

Washington regained the lead with a penalty and began to dominate play in midfield with effective forward play which brought another unconverted score for a 13-7 advantage.

The home side defended well under pressure as they looked to see out the match for a welcome victory, but the Hartlepool side snatched victory in the dying seconds, winning a penalty in front of the posts, with a burst through the defence for a converted score seeing them edge home by one point.