Challenge Cup heads to North Shields after Artisans beat Ashington

North Shields Artisans celebrate their Northumberland Junior Challenge Cup final win over Ashington thirds at Percy Park.
North Shields Artisans celebrate their Northumberland Junior Challenge Cup final win over Ashington thirds at Percy Park.

North Shields Artisans won the Northumberland Junior Challenge Cup by beating Ashington thirds in the final at Percy Park.

Artisans were led by captain Fen Taylor, with Gary Crombie starting at scrum-half and club coach Tom Rendles in the centre.

Ashington dominated the first half and took an early 15-0 lead through two tries, a conversion and a penalty.

Just before half-time Shields winger Lewis Boyle scored a try which was converted by Jack Jeffrey to bring Artisans back into the game at the break.

In the second half Jeffrey added a penalty before an Andrew Leitch try was converted by Jeffrey to put Artisans 17-15 ahead.

Two Artisans tries from Boyle and Chris Yeoman extended the lead with one Jeffrey conversion.

Ashington hit back with an unconverted try and penalty to close the gap to six points at 29-23, but it was to be Artisans’ day and three late tries saw the cup secured by North Shields.

The tries saw Boyle complete his hat-trick and one for Mark Watson to make the final score 44-23.

Taylor was presented the trophy by the county president in front of the club house and the large North Shields support in attendance for what was a great final.

No single player could be singled out for man of the match as the whole team on the day all played their part, as well as the players who had played in the earlier rounds but were unavailable for the final.

North Shields Artisans: Chris Yeoman, Rhys Coltherd, Aled Jones, Tom Rendles, Lewis Boyle, Jack Jeffrey, Gary Crombie, Mike Hudspeth, Alan Millar, Chris Spedding, Dave Kinsey, Mark Watson, Leon, Fen Taylor, Andrew Leitch. Replacements: Arnie Wilson, Gavin Irving, Richard Smith, Adam Eglin, Daniel Persson, Simon Morgan.