HORDEN’S wait for an away win in Durham Northumberland One goes on after a 26-16 defeat at Ponteland.
Glenn Bowman’s side started the game well and played most of the first 30 minutes in the Ponteland half. Craig Jones kicked a penalty and Horden extended the lead to 8-0 midway through the half when a catch and drive from a line-out saw Jona Hudson go over in the corner.
It looked as though Horden were going to extend their advantage from a scrum under the home posts. The colliery pack moved forward, resulting in the home front row standing up. However, the referee did not penalise the offence and ruled against Horden.
Ponteland hit back with a converted try to make it 8-7 at the break.
Early in the second half and playing into the wind, Horden conceded three early penalties to remain trapped in their half.
Ponteland took the lead when they attacked the blindside following a line-out and went over in the corner.
Then, a missed tackle under the posts allowed them in again to make it 19-8.
A Dan Greener penalty made it 19-11, only for a good individual run by their full-back to create a converted score and a 26-11 Ponteland lead.
Horden rallied and pressed hard for the last 10 minutes but kept making unforced errors.
A try did come after a good burst by Carl Oliver, the supporting Dan Abraham picked up and went over.
Horden had a chance right at the end to get over again in an overlap and register a bonus point but the passing didn’t go to hand.