SUN­DER­LAND MAKE HARD WORK OF VI­TAL VIC­TORY

ASHBROOKE OUT­FIT COULD HAVE BEEN OUT OF SIGHT IF IT WASN’T FOR HAN­DLING ER­RORS

Sunderland Echo - - Sport -

Sun­der­land squeezed a nar­row vic­tory over Ashington, con­sol­i­dat­ing their fourth place in Durham and Northum­ber­land Two.

The Wear­siders ground out a 12-10 win, in a game lit­tered with un­char­ac­ter­is­tic er­rors from the young side.

Ashington has al­ways proved a tough des­ti­na­tion for Sun­der­land, with both sides com­mit­ting ba­sic mis­takes.

As a re­sult, it took some­time for the vis­i­tors to score.

Craig El­stob crashed over for the open­ing score, Leon Ryan con­vert­ing.

Ashington hit back with their own try, be­fore Sun­der­land raced out of the blocks in the sec­ond half.

De­spite start­ing the bet­ter, mis­takes saw Sun­der­land strug­gle un­til teenager Dean Ed­mund­son went over in the cor­ner for an un­con­verted try.

Ashington, through poor tack­ling, scored again, but un­con­verted.

With min­utes to go, Ashington were awarded a penalty and luck­ily their kicker saw his at­tempt drift ag­o­nis­ingly wide to hand Sun­der­land the vic­tory.

Sun­der­land chair­man Paul Gee­han said af­ter the vic­tory: “We were al­ways go­ing to win, but we could have won by a lot more - but we caused our own mis­takes through poor han­dling.

“We broke through their lines a num­ber of times, but the fi­nal passes just didn’t go to hand.

“It’s a hard place to play, and it wasn’t pretty, but a win is a win.”

“We are look­ing for­ward to our next match which is at home to Sedge­field, and we aim­ing to work on the things in train­ing which didn’t work on Satur­day.”

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