Blyth continued their unbeaten run with a hard fought victory against local rivals Novos and now lead Northunberland / Durham division one by two points from Horden.
From the kick-off Blyth forwards dominated the scrums and twice destroyed Novos’ ball resulting in the game’s first penalty which was put into touch five metres from the home side’s line.
From the resulting lineout Blyth’s catch and drive produced a score, Stephenson getting the touch down after only six minutes, with Sutherland converting.
A few minutes later Blyth repeated the move with this time Steven Long scoring and again Sutherland converted.
Novos’ threequarters showed how dangerous they could be given possession when they broke through several tackles to score against the run of play.
Blyth, however, continued to dominate and when another catch and drive lineout was stopped the ball was whipped out to Sutherland in the centre to score and convert.
Just on half-time Blyth repeated the try from a lineout, Wayne Davie getting the score to give them the vital bonus point. Sutherland again added the conversion.
The second half started as the first with Blyth dominating and they soon added to their total when Long broke away to send Allen in at the corner.
The home backs, in particular 10, 12 and 13, always looked dangerous and scored Novos’ second try, breaking through several tackles.
They then ran in a further two tries to give Novos a bonus point of their own and bring the score back to 22-33 to Blyth.
Overall another good win and Blyth look forward to the visit of Hartlepool Rovers this weekend.
Other results saw Blyth 2nds beat Novos 2nds 8-0, the under-15s overcame Tynedale 44-15 and the under-13s beat Wallsend 36-5.