Match report by Stuart Dick.
Northumberland Lightning suffered a setback in their NFC North Division Two campaign with a 26-0 defeat to Glasgow Tigers on Sunday at Ashington Rugby Club.
The Lightning came into the game confident after a 10-8 win over the Aberdeen Roughnecks in week one, but came down to earth with bang as they committed seven turnovers against their Glaswegian opposition.
Two first quarter punts were fumbled by Northumberland, allowing Glasgow excellent field positions, which they capitalised on with two rushing touchdowns to lead 14-0. From then on however, the Lightning defence mainly dominated as it did in week one, holding the opposition to just over 100 yards total on the day.
However, the Northumberland offence struggled to move the football, completing just one pass on 22 attempts, and struggling to block a pacy Tigers D.
The Lightning’s troubles were added to late in the second quarter when a Glasgow punt was downed at the two-yard line. Three plays later quarterback Callum Pattison threw pick six to make the score 20-0.
The second half saw a switch of quarterback for the home side, Pattison suffering a shoulder injury meaning veteran backup Stuart Dick took to the field.
Early in the third quarter the Lightning got a drive going, running backs Scott Radford and Dale Merritt contributing, as did penalties on the Glasgow defence.
A Michael Raven field goal was blocked, allowing Glasgow to take control once again.
As the game headed into the fourth quarter, another rushing touchdown from Glasgow put points on the board.
A late Michael Brown interception gave the hosts hope of at least putting some points on the board and Northumberland nearly broke a big play for touchdown soon after, Dick overthrowing wide receiver Carl Charlton by millimetres, missing a sure fire touchdown.
A poor day at the office for Northumberland (now 1-1) who will look to bounce back against the Dundee Hurricanes (also 1-1) on Sunday 1st May at Ashington.
However, there were still encouraging signs, with the Lightning defence showing its metal on a number of occasions despite poor field position.
Defensive Back Chris Pringle won the Most Valuable Player Award, winning two tickets to a Punch Drunk Comedy gig of his choice, the clubs game day sponsors for 2016.
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