Blyth impress with win over Gosforth XV

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ALTHOUGH the 30-12 score does not quite do Gosforth justice, Blyth fully deserved their victory in a pulsating match which was played at a frantic pace.

After two disappointing defeats, Blyth were determined to get back to winning ways against old foes Gosforth.

Gosforth were first on the score sheet with a nicely worked try in the corner on 24 minutes with the conversion missed.

Blyth replied on 38 minutes with a penalty from Andy Sutherland and they went into half-time two points behind after a hard fought half where neither team was able to take control.

It was Blyth who started the second half the strongest after some wise words from the coaching team.

On 45 minutes after some good forward play, fly-half Sutherland slotted over his now customary drop goal to take a 6-5 lead.

Craig Turnbull replaced Wayne Dobson in the second row and on 47 minutes Blyth were awarded a penalty which hit the post and Gosforth tidied up the ball deep in their 22.

When they tried to break on the blind side, Blyth scrum-half James Bostock showed some cunning to intercept a Gosforth pass and score in the corner.

Sutherland landed the difficult conversion to give the home side a 13-5 lead.

Gosforth’s response came on 57 minutes with another neat try in the corner, and the conversion just crept over the bar to put them back into the game at 13-12.

However, Blyth had other ideas and they continued to bombard Gosforth and their superior fitness began to tell.

The turning point came on 65 minutes when the Gosforth back row was sin binned for a late challenge on Bostock.

Sutherland kicked the penalty to the corner and after Blyth secured good possession from the lineout the ball was spun along the backs for winger Andy Barker to score. Sutherland hit the post with the conversion.

Blyth went further ahead on 75 minutes when scrum-half Bostock scored his second try of the game courtesy of a clever pass from fly-half Sutherland.

The difficult conversion was missed and Blyth had a match winning lead of 23-12 going into the final minutes of the match.

To their credit Gosforth never gave up and tried to run the ball at every opportunity eyeing a score to rescue a bonus point.

This proved to be a final nail in the coffin for them as deep into injury time a missed pass deep in the Gosforth 22 was pounced on and winger Liam Heslop was on hand to score the crucial bonus point try for Blyth. The conversion was slotted over by Sutherland to give Blyth an impressive 30-12 victory.

Player coach and stand-in captain Sutherland said: “There’s no doubt that two great training sessions midweek were a key factor in this result and we’re right back on track after two disappointing defeats.

“Games against Gosforth are always difficult and this was no exception, however, we were worthy winners and the lads deserve all the accolades they’ll get after this result.’

Man of the match was Dean Langdown, and on Saturday Blyth are away to Consett, kick-off 3pm.