Houghton find rich pickings after enforced break

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HOUGHTON’S first game for three weeks saw them get back to winning ways with a superb 47-17 home win over Richmondshire.

Following on from the Prudhoe and Stocksfield game where the team showed a distinct lack of cutting edge in attack, this game was a totally different story, with six first half tries.

Glen Crowther opened the scoring from a charge-down clearance kick where he picked up the rebound to score under the posts.

Chris Ham scored soon after from a well-executed back move and ran through a gap to beat a number of defenders to score under the posts.

Richmondshire then came back into the game, managing to get over the line through their strong pack from an attacking scrum close to the Houghton line.

However, Houghton went back on the attack and winger Graeme Bennett scored from a move where the forwards recycled the ball well.

And when the ball went wide, the winger was right on hand to complete a simple finish.

For the next try, Andrew Tyzack gave the pass to Vince McBeth to barge over from close range.

Number eight Paul McBernie was next on the scoresheet after a turnover in the tackle.

He ripped the ball from the opposition before going over.

The first half finished with a score from full-back Tom Birtley, who ran a fantastic support line and went through the gap in the Richmondshire defence to score.

Chris Simpson added five first half conversions.

The sin-binning of Paul McBernie gave Richmondshire a brief respite, but Houghton went back on the attack and after another well-executed backs’ move, Aidan Towers powered through to score, with Chris Simpson adding the extras.

Young fly-half Kieran Hughes came on later to make his first-team debut.

Houghton: Birtley, Henderson, Towers, Ham (Douglass), Bennett, Simpson (Hughes), Shepherd (Bradley), Tyzack (Bolton), Potts, Marchant, McBeth, Widdowfield, Hicks (C), Crowther (Maggoire), McBernie.