ASHINGTON Rugby Club showed their true spirit in hosting Gosforth on Saturday, just two days after thieves had caused mayhem by stealing water pipes from the clubhouse.
Even extensive water damage could not prevent the show from going on, however, as they recorded a 15-5 home win over Gosforth in Durham and Northumberland One.
No 8 Michael Harrigan rewarded early pressure with a try, followed up by a Carl Hill penalty for an 8-5 half-time lead as Gosforth hit back before the break.
A low-scoring second half saw Stu Wood’s converted try seal the result, on a day when the club showed that community spirit and a committed membership can triumph over mindless vandalism and theft.
This coming weekend sees Ashington take a breather, as they prepare for the trip to league leaders Gateshead a week on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Morpeth’s end-of-season surge continued last weekend, as they recorded their fourth win on the spin.
Northern were the latest victims on Saturday, as Morpeth travelled to McCracken Park in Newcastle for a 21-10 victory.
As well as seeing them to eighth place in the North One East table, the victory also sent the Mitford Road side safely through in the Northumberland Senior Cup, as the two sides doubled up.
Once again Morpeth’s pack set the tone, as fly-half Matty Jinks opened the scoring with a try and a penalty to capitalise on early pressure.
Wing-man Craigs crossed for the second after a quick-tap from scrum-half Mutch, with a pair of penalties from Jinks seeing Morpeth extend the gap further.
Northern hit back with two late tries, but by this stage the outcome was well and truly decided with another Morpeth triumph.
This coming weekend will be a true test of their resolve, however, as they welcome second-placed Percy Park to Mitford Road. The North Shields-based side have lost only three of their 23 league games to date.