COMEBACKS do not get much better than Horden’s dramatic one that gained them a 44-21 home win over Ashington.
Andrew Turner marked his return to Horden colours in sensational fashion when he scored 31 of his team’s 46 points in the battle of the collieries at Welfare Park.
Turner scored a hat-trick of tries against Ashington and for good measure, kicked five of the six conversions and landed two penalties,
Ashington arrived at Northumberland Street with a heavyweight pack who immediately made life difficult for the hosts.
The Northumberland team went into an early lead and the first half was nip and tuck.
Ashington established an 8-6 lead, Turner kicking two penalties for Horden.
The centre then stepped up to the plate to make it Andrew Turner 25 Ashington 11 at half-time thanks to a rapid hat-trick.
His opener came after a mistake in the away ranks before David Heckles put him in for his second. The third of his treble saw him finish a fine team move.
He converted two and with Ashington replying with a penalty, the home side had a commanding interval lead.
However, the visitors cut the deficit early in the second half with an unconverted try.
But Horden wrapped up a super win with three converted tries.
Forbes showed speed and strength to score following a five-metre scrum and old favourite Raine touched down twice, with Ashington adding a consolation score.
Turner added the extras, to put Horden in good heart for Saturday’s visit to Alnwick.
Horden chairman John Groves marvelled at the “unbelievable” performance of the centre.
But Groves was even more delighted at the “team work” and “emergence” of some of the club’s home-grown youngsters.
“Ross Brymer, Kieran Forbes and Jordan Yeates all played on Saturday and all are still in their teens.
“It’s nice to see the club’s youngsters coming through and making their mark.”
“It was a very pleasing result and performance.
“The teamwork was excellent and while there are things to work on and players to come back into contention, it was great to see how well the side gelled on Saturday.”