WASHINGTON were well beaten 32-8 at home by Durham and Northumberland Division Three high-fliers South Tyneside College.
In wet conditions, Washington had to defend early on but did so well, with Steven Garrett, Phil White, Dave Allan, Dom Ryan and Craig Jorgenson all playing out of their skins with some outstanding tackling.
The home side then got a foothold with Ryan, John Pope and Matty Fisher all helping to gain some ground before Oliver Clewes found a gap in the visitors’ defence and ran half the length of the pitch to score a try.
Unfortunately for Washington, the conversion was missed.
Straight from the restart, College showed why they are promotion favourites, working the ball along their line to score a converted try.
Washington start gaining ground and upped their game with Michael Reilly stealing College ball in the line-out. After spending 10 minutes in the visitors’ half, Washington were awarded a penalty which Clewes sent staight between the uprights.
Within minutes, the visitors hit back with a penalty of their own and then added a try when a miskick by the Washington winger put the ball into a rival centre’s hands, and he went over from three yards.
Washington were forced to defend for much of the second half, but did well to hold the visitors at bay for long periods. The hard work took its toll though and some lazy defending let in College for another try.
Washington will look to learn from the game as they prepare to meet Seaham this weekend.
H Houghton played out a thrilling 22-22 draw at home to Newton Aycliffe and are sixth going into this weekend’s visit to Richmondshire.