Rockcliff run in 11 tries to overwhelm a young Ashington side

A struggling Ashington travelled to Hillheads on a cold day looking for some type of form to take them away from the danger zone in the league.

But they met a Rockcliff team who were trying to play themselves back into form and who showed no mercy in running in 11 tries.

Coach Jack Lambert started with Drew Hayton, Andrew Moore, Dan Atkinson, Liam Bowman, Stu Thomson, Sean Wood, Chris Keen and Niall Stokes as the forwards, with Dan Simpson, Josh Donnelly, Steven Scott, Sam Stirling, Dan O’Sullivan, Jordan Anderson and Simon Tindall making up the backs.

Young David Neasham, Andrew Telford, and Kai Downey-Stevenson were on the bench.

Ashington are suffering at the moment, down in the basement of Durham and Northumberland division two and having to rotate the team in order to go for the matches they think they have a chance in.

They came with a young team who gave their all, keeping Rockcliff off the scoreline for a quarter of the match, but they had no answer to the pace of the returning Rockcliff backs, in particular Scott, who ran in four scores.

The game as a contest was over by the end of the first half with the Red and Golds running in six tries for a 36-0 lead.

Coach Lambert was able to rotate his subs, bringing on the youngster Neasham on his birthday for his home debut, the returning Downey-Stevenson and winger Telford.

Tries came from Stirling, Donnelly, Thomson (2), O’Sullivan (2), and on his home debut and birthday Neasham also scored.

Ashington bravely battled to the very end but could not get on the score sheet.

Thompson was voted man of the match by Ashington.

On Saturday Rock are at home to Barnard Castle in what promises to be an entertaining game as both teams try to play open rugby with quick backs looking to run the ball. Kick-off is 2.15pm.