Heckles’ magic ensures Horden are on the up

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DAVID Heckles produced a drop of magic to win Durham and Northumberland Division One’s match of the day at Welfare Park and move Horden up to third.

The Horden full-back put over a drop goal with the last kick of the game, just seconds after the home side had almost lost to Blyth.

Horden had led 27-22 going into stoppage time when Blyth scored a try following some strong pressure.

That made it 27-27, leaving Blyth kicker Andy Sutherland with a chance to win the game for his side, only to go wide with the conversion.

The referee said there was only time to re-start and the next time the ball went dead would be the final whistle.

Horden gathered possession from the kick-off and the forward drove to the away 22, where the ball was passed back to Heckles who stroked the drop kick over for the most sensational of finishes.

The way Horden had started the match gave no indication of the drama that was to come.

They played some excellent rugby in the opening quarter, prop Michael Thompson finishing off the first try by sidestepping two defenders and sprinting for the line and toching down Chris Ashton style.

The second try was just as good, Craig Jones continuing his scoring try when he completed another good passage of home play.

Andrew Turner converted one and 12-0 was just desserts for the style of their rugby.

But just when Horden seemed close to going 17-0 in front, they lost the ball and the Blyth winger picked up and ran three quarters of the length of the field for their first try.

Horden lost their way after that and Blyth led 15-12 at the break.

The second half was a tight affair, with Blyth adding a third try but Horden had found their rhythm again.

Tries by Paul Malcolm – outstanding in the home second row alongside the equally impressive Michael Thubron – and Kieron Forbes, plus five points from Turner had seemingly given Horden a narrow 27-22 victory.

But then came that late, late drama as Horden finally triumphed 30-27.