Novos succumb to Horden’s second-half blitz

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HORDEN fought back from a narrow half-time deficit to complete an easy 39-13 Durham Northumberland One win over Novocastrians.

Playing a fast and open game, Novos led 13-10 at the break, but Horden hit back and scored 29 unanswered points in the second period.

Novos started the better and it took Horden a while to get to grips with the Newcastle side.

Horden did not aid their cause by making errors, including forcing passes and offloads that were not on.

Novos kicked a penalty to take a deserved lead, but Horden then hit back. A catch and drive from a line-out five metres out saw Newton Turton go over and Andrew Turner convert from wide out.

Novos then dominated for a spell. They gained possession from a charged down clearance and their centre went on a mazy run from 20 metres out to score in the corner to take an 8-7 lead.

The visitors extended their lead to 13-7 when, after a series of quick rucks, they attacked down the blindside to score in the corner.

Just before half-time, Turner pulled three points back after his half-back partner Neil Hartley was impeded when taking a quick tap.

And after the break, Horden were soon into their stride. Following multiple phases in the away 22, Turner fed David Heckles, who burst through under the posts to put his side 17-13 up.

Horden immediately went on the attack again and when Novos were penalised, Turton reacted quickly to power over from short range.

Turner missed the conversion, but knocked over a penalty from halfway to extend the lead to 27-13.

Then came the best try of the game and the bonus point.

Paul Malcolm stole the ball on a Novos line-out and the ball was quickly moved wide to Michael Turner, who beat his man and fed Heckles.

He raced down the left wing and fed the supporting Chris Purvis who beat the full-back and the covering defence to just make it in at the corner,

Andrew Turner added a great touchline conversion to make it 34-13.

Horden’s last score came just before full-time. Sub Dan Palmer made a break in midfield and Jones was released to round his opposite number to score.