Horden pack lays foundations for win

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HORDEN moved level with fourth-placed Gosforth in Durham and Northumberland Division One after Saturday’s comfortable 23-8 win at Wallsend.

Despite a late reshuffle after Jonny Morton and Paul Bruce pulled out, Horden had the best of the early exchanges. David Heckles was hauled down five metres short after a good break by 17-year-old Ross Brymer.

David Mason made the breakthrough after Neil Hartley chipped over Wallsend’s defence.

Immediately from the kick-off, Horden scored again. Andrew Turner kicked long and when Wallsend failed to deal with it, the stand-off kicked on and picked up to go under the posts. Turner converted his try to make it 12-0.

Wallsend rallied with a try and a penalty, but Turner’s penalty had Horden 15-8 up before they sealed victory with the move of the game.

Hartley and Heckles combined to put Michael Thompson through a gap. He took the ball on at pace then fed fellow prop James who stormed down the wing to crash over in the corner,

Turner could not convert, but a second penalty later on completed the scoring.

“Given the conditions and our disruption I was pleased with the performance,” said coach Glenn Bowman. “We managed to play some pretty good stuff despite the mud. Credit goes to the pack for the effort they put in – they were dominant at the set-piece all afternoon.”