Another home defeat but Blyth pick up bonus point

Blyth lost their second home game in a row but at least had the consolation of two losing bonus points when beaten by Ryton on Saturday.

The home side started slowly and a missed tackle gifted Ryton a try between the posts for a seven-point lead after only five minutes.

Blyth hit back when a kick downfield caught the opposition napping and Meikle scored the home side’s first unconverted try.

Poor tackling allowed the visitors another try, but again Blyth responded when a penalty attempt was missed but Blyth’s wing forward Long forced his way over from the restart.

At this point the referee was forced to leave the field with a calf injury, fortunately another qualified official was on hand to take over.

Ryton converted a penalty before scoring a breakaway try to lead 24-10 at half-time.

Blyth started well in the second half and a period of intense pressure was rewarded with the referee giving six penalties without resorting to a yellow card.

Eventually the pressure told and the home side’s powerful winger McKeown forced his way over for another unconverted try.

Blyth’s fourth try, which earned them a bonus point and a second bonus for losing by less than seven, came when Stephenson was driven over by the pack.

The home side continued to press in the final minutes until they were rewarded with a penalty wide out on the right, but fly-half Sutherland was narrowly wide with the kick, leaving Blyth ruing three missed conversions and two penalties.

For the first time ever Blyth fielded a player on loan due to the current front row injury crisis which struck again with yet another recognised prop being injured and Karl Rose, who has been standing in, also leaving the field.

Next week Blyth are away to Stockton with a 3pm kick-off.

Blyth are holding a country and western night on Saturday, October 11, in aid of club funds.

This is open to anyone and tickets are available from the club priced at £3.