First-half blitz sinks Horden rugby club

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HORDEN paid for a poor first-half performance as they crashed 48-12 at Darlington in Durham Northumberland One.

Too many errors cost Horden who trailed 38-5 at half-time and while they competed much better in the second half, the damage had already been done.

Horden conceded the opening two tries inside the first 10 minutes at Blackwell Meadows after line-outs. The first was a close-range drive over with the second coming after Horden had pinched the home throw. But when they failed to find touch, Darlington ran the ball back and scored from an overlap.

Horden came back into the game and worked their way into the Darlington 22. After a series of scrums – an area Horden we did well in all afternoon – the ball was moved in to midfield where Scott Holloway came off his blindside wing, drew the home winger and fed David Mason who raced in at the corner for the try.

Darlington looked to move the ball wide at every opportunity. They supported the ball carrier well and recycled possession quickly.

Playing this way they scored several times to take the score out to 38-5 at the interval.

The second period was a much more even affair. The scrum continued to do well while number nine Neil Hartley began to move the ball quicker and Horden were able to go forward with the likes of Andy White, Ste Hecks and Ryan Pink to the fore.

Horden were forced into a major re-shuffle after losing two of their back division, Mason (back) and Paul Bruce (hamstring). It resulted in flanker Newton Turton going into the centres. And it proved a great move.

Turton’s direct, strong running caused the Darlo defence problems and he made a couple of half breaks before scoring Horden’s second try.

A number of quick phases through the pack brought play just outside their 22. Jonny Morton hit Turton with a flat pass and he burst past two defenders to go under the posts for a converted try.

Shortly afterwards, Horden made another opportunity when they created an overlap only for the ball to be taken back into contact instead of being moved and the opportunity was lost.

Darlington scored two second-half tries to round off victory.