Craig Gilmour inspires Horden rugby club to victory

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HORDEN recovered from a “sloppy” first half to complete a Durham and Northumberland Division One double over Redcar on Saturday, with Craig Gilmour grabbing a hat-trick of tries.

The Colliers trailed 13-12 at the interval, but 17 unanswered second-half points secured a 29-13 win.

Number eight Gilmour touched down after a five-metre scrum for Horden’s first try, and they went ahead for the first time when sub Darren Witte and David Mason forced a turnover, allowing Craig Jones to race from halfway to score in the corner, with Andrew Turner’s conversion putting them 12-5 up.

Redcar responded to lead, but Horden assumed control on the restart, with Gilmour barging over from short range for a 17-13 advantage. Mason added a fourth try after Paul Bruce’s blindside break, then Gilmour went in under the posts to complete the win.

Coach Glenn Bowman said: “It wasn’t pretty on the eye, but we were happy to grind out a bonus point at what has been a bit of a bogey venue over the years.”