HOUGHTON surged to a 34-21 win against Chester-le-Street in their final home game of the season.
In the first half, Houghton showed more cutting edge than in the previous game and through good ball retention and continuity by the whole team, they secured the try bonus point by half-time with efforts from Craig Hicks (2), Marc Douglass and Brett Henderson, plus a conversion from Chris Simpson.
Houghton kept the visitors’ defence defence under pressure and pinned in their own half using the wind to play the corners.
However, Chester-le-Street had a number of strong runners in their team, and after some missed tackles, they scored two converted tries of their own to make it 22-14 at the interval.
The second half saw Houghton attack into the wind and this this took the kicking game out of equation.
They looked to run the ball out of their half at every opportunity and this led to two more Houghton tries, from Brett Henderson and Glen Crowther, plus a conversion for Chris Simpson.
Chester-le-Street kept the Houghton defence on their toes and they looked to have scored again but a fantastic try-saving tackle from full-back David Cummings stopped the centre from scoring.
Their pressure did off with the final play of the game though, scoring from a quick tap penalty just short of the Houghton line.