Blyth draw with Sunderland with late converted try

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Blyth’s home game against Sunderland was switched to the plastic pitch at Druids Park due to the state of the Plessey Road surface.

Blyth started well and were five points up in the first few minutes when Allen followed up grubber kick to score in the corner.

This fired up Sunderland who spent the rest of the half attacking, but the Blyth defence held out until just before half-time when Sunderland levelled with a try in the corner.

The second half continued in the same style as Sunderland took the lead with another unconverted try before a mistake by Blyth’s backs gifted them a third score to stretch the lead to 12 points.

Blyth then got themselves back into the game, turning down a kick at goal for a lineout.

From the resulting catch and drive Fraser crashed over in the corner.

In the final minutes Blyth pressed hard for the equaliser until Sunderland infringed in front of the posts. As there was no time from the lineout, scrum-half Smithson tapped the ball and gave it to his forwards to crash over, with Smith getting the touch down and Smithson converting to give Blyth the draw at 17-17.

On Saturday Blyth are away to North Shields, kick-off 2.15 pm.