Kingston Park is home to Newcastle’s League and Union teams.

Newcastle Thunder were made to work for their 26-20 victory against South Wales Ironmen at The Wern on Sunday.

The North East club were 20-12 down at half-time but two converted tries and a penalty goal in the second half saw Mick Mantelli’s men register their third league win from as many games.

Benn Hardcastle had a sterling afternoon with the boot as he kicked five conversions from five attempts while Vincent Rennie was at his powerful best in the pack.

It was Rennie who broke the deadlock after five minutes for Thunder, who had a challenging afternoon in Merthyr Tydfil. South Wales centre Paul Edwards replied with a try on 18 minutes before Newcastle were dealt a further blow as full-back Derrell Olpherts was sin-binned for a shoulder charge.

However, even with a man fewer, Newcastle extended their lead to two scores through Dan Parker but the Ironmen would finish the half on top. They scored three tries in the space of 11 minutes to overturn a 12-8 deficit. Richard Jones, Lewis Reece and Lewis Hughes were the scorers for the hosts who had stretched out into an eight point lead going into the second period.

Newcastle have a lot of grit and determination about them this year and they showed a bucket load of that to come out of Wales unscathed. They had regained their advantage by the 55th minute as Tyler Craig and Olpherts both crossed the whitewash before a nervy final quarter saw the game ebb and flow.

Thunder had to hold firm to keep the Ironmen at bay and a penalty goal three minutes from time – which saw South Wales’ Chris Vitalini sin-binned – proved to be the final scoring act.

A run of tough games now follows for Newcastle, including a League 1 Cup quarter-final date with North Wales Crusaders at Kingston Park this Sunday.