Horden topple Gateshead

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HORDEN produced their best display and result of the season on Saturday when they beat promotion-chasing Gateshead 30-121.

Only their second victory of the season, it was not enough to lift them out of the relegation zone in Durham Northumberland One.

But it has certainly breathed new life into the colliery side who, previously, had lost six in a row.

Assistant boss Dave Turner said: “It’s been coming. I think we’ve been a bit unlucky the last couple of weeks not to get something from our games. But this was a good win.

“Gateshead are no mugs but we outplayed them up front.

“We nearly chucked it away in the second half but we stuck at it and we got a fourth try to seal it.”

Horden were always in control following an excellent first half at Welfare Park, after which they led 17-5 up the bank.

They scored two tries, Craig Gilmour finishing off a catch and drive from a line-out and Scott Holloway picking up a loose ball to go over after the Horden backs harried Gateshead into a mistake.

Craig Jones added both conversions and a penalty.

After the break, winger Chris Purvis scored the third try and just when Gateshead threatened a comeback, skipper Newton Turton added a fourth. Jones landed a penalty.