Stockton sock it to Horden

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HORDEN lost their unbeaten record in Durham Northumberland One when they collapsed in the final quarter at Stockton to lose 56-31.

Stockton put their first points on the board when, after retaining the ball through multiple phases, they eventually worked it wide to score a converted try.

They extended this lead to 13-0 with two penalties.

Andrew Turner pulled three points back with a penalty and was then the creator of Horden’s first try.

He burst through the Stockton line and, after interplay with Darren Witte, he put Mason in space to beat the cover defence to score in the corner, Turner converting.

Not long after, Michael Turner made a great outside break, drew the full-back but his pass to Ross McGorman went astray.

Stockton came back straight away and engineered a second try to go 18-10 in front.

A strong foward drive allowed Andy White to burst through a couple of tacklers and despite being held initially, he managed to force his way over from short range, with the Horden pack giving him a helping hand. Andrew Turner again converted.

Again, Stockton came back with another unconverted try making it 23-17.

However, with half-time approaching, Andy Raine took a tap penalty and the ball was fed out to Michael Turner, who sidestepped his marker and fed McGorman, who raced over wide out. A great touchline conversion by Andrew Turner edged his side 24-23 ahead.

Horden got off to the worst possible start to the second half with Stockton scoring two tries within the first 10 minutes to lead 35-24.

However, the colliery side refused to lie down and Raine sneaked through for a try. Andrew Turner converted to narrow the gap to four points.

It was Horden’s last success, though, as Stockton scored three further tries.

Horden now have a tough trip to Gosforth on Saturday.