ANDY Raine scored a super first-half hat-trick to spearhead Horden’s 43-8 Durham Northumberland One victory at Novocastrians.
Horden applied the early pressure and put the first points on the board with Raine’s first touchdown after 10 minutes.
Paul James injured his shoulder and was replaced at tighthead by 18-year-old Jorden Yates, who was making his debut.
The teenager’s first act was to scrummage five metres out from the home line where Horden duly got a pushover try, Raine touching down again to make it 10-0.
Bowman’s team scored again almost straight from the restart. Michael Bland made good ground before the the ball was recycled quickly and moved to David Mason, who broke the Novos line. As he was hauled down the ball came loose and that-man Raine kicked on and won the race for the touchdown under the posts to complete his hat-trick.
Just before half-time, Novos pulled three points back with a penalty but the first 40 minutes ende with the away side 17-3 up.
From broken play in the Novos half, Raine pounced on a loose ball and made good ground round the blindside. He fed the supporting Owen Bennett who released Mason to outpace his opposite number to make it 22-3.
Youngster Yates got a try on his debut shortly after this. A catch and drive was stopped just short and from the ensuing ruck he picked up from the base to power over from short range. Jones converted to stretch the lead to 29-3.
Despite the greasy conditions, Horden continued to try to move the ball into the wide channels and it brought rewards through a try for David Heckles.
Michael Turner made a strong 20-metre break in the midfield and the ball was moved wide to Newton Turton who beat his man and fed Heckles for a free run to the line.
Michael Turner got his name on the scoresheet with a fine individual try five minutes to go. He took a quick tap penalty 20metres out and managed to weave through three defenders to find his way to the line.
Novos got a consolation try right on full time.
“All the lads who came in did well,” said Bowman. “David Bains managed the game well at 10, Carl Oliver made some good hits and carried well at 12.
“Craig Jones looked sharp and strong on the wing and Jorden scrummaged well and grew in confidence as the game wore on.
“It was nice for him get a try on debut.”