BLYTH RFC got their 50th anniversary season under way with a pre-season friendly against near neighbours Seghill at PLessey Road on Saturday.
As Seghill had only brought one team, the original plan of playing four 20-minute quarters was abandoned in favour of two 30-minute halves, with Blyth changing their side at the interval.
The well grassed pitch was in first class condition and a tribute to the close season work of Blyth groundsman Nick Stafford.
Seghill give debuts to forwards David Goldsmith, who later limped of with a leg injury, and Colin Ager.
The first half went mainly in Blyth’s favour as they played fluent, fast and open rugby with some excellent passing moves.
They ran in four tries though Jake Preece, Dean Langdown, Oliver Clark and Steve Hall, with fly-half Greg Dawson converting two for a 24-0 lead.
At this point Blyth brought on a fresh 15, but if they thought the game was ogver they were mistaken as Seghill produced a stirling second half.
Blyth spent 15 minutes pinned in their own 22 as the visitors hammered away.
Forward dominance and flowing passing should have resulted in tries on either wing, only the final pass on each ocassion went astray, when first Heard and then Liam Lonsdale should have been put clear.
The home side defended well but Seghill’s No. 8 Anth Lowry powered through for a well deserved try.
Despite utilising their five replacements, Seghill began to tire in the closing stages, and the fresh legs of the Blyth saw a fine try for the home side through James Bostock to make the final score 29-5.
Blyth visit Richmond on Saturday for a friendly, kick-off 3pm.