Blyth open season with excellent cup win

Blyth started the new season with an excellent display away to Medicals in the first round of the Northumberland Senior Shield.

Facing a Medics side renowned for their speed and fitness, Blyth started well and after only five minutes a catch and drive lineout was stopped just short of the line, but the ball was spun out to the opposite wing for Johnnie Grey to score in the corner.

Medicals hit back and were unlucky not to score, being held up over the line twice before losing the ball.

But they did hit back to take the lead with a try in the corner, converted against a strong wind.

Early in the second half Blyth regained the lead when Wayne Davie took a quick penalty, he was tackled short of the line but Martin followed up to score the try, which was converted by Jarvis.

Another quick penalty resulted in an unconverted try by prop forward Dunwoodie, who is hopefully back in the fold after along time out with injury problems.

Blyth stretched their lead to 27-12 with a try from a catch and drive lineout finished off by Long and converted by Jarvis.

Right on full-time the Medics scored a consolation try bring the score back to 27-17 to Blyth.

After a successful build-up to the new season this was just the start Blyth were looking for against a strong side currently one league above them.

Next week’s game is the first of the league programme away to Winlaton, kick-off 3pm.