Blyth RFC lose to Alnwick but beat Ashington

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Blyth RFC travelled to Anlwick with a side weakened by several players being on holiday, but from the kick-off they took the game to their hosts who now play in a league higher.

In the first 15 minutes Blyth attacked the Alnwick half, forcing the home side into conceding four kickable penalties, all of which Blyth elected to kick for touch without reward for their efforts.

After this period of pressure Alnwick scored with their first attack through some weak tackling in the centres.

Alnwick increased their lead to ten points with a penalty before running in another three tries through strong running at the Blyth backs.

In a second game played at Alnwick Blyth took on local rivals Ashington who included ex-Blyth player Tom Barret at hooker.

From the kick-off Blyth conceded a penalty which was duly put into touch and Ashington scored a typical try with a catch and drive from the lineout.

This galvanised Blyth into action and only a combination of poor passing and handling prevented them from scoring on several occasions.

Blyth spurned several penalties as they elected to run at the Ashington line but were held up twice and knocked-on on another occasion..

What proved to be the winning score eventually came when Blyth player/coach Graham Smith picked up from No. 8 and fed Andy Sutherland to score a converted try.

Blyth should then have made the game safe when a great move involving forwards and backs petered out due to a final bad pass.,

Overall a good workout but Blyth still need to do a lot before taking on Wallsend in the County Cup next week.

Smith demanded after the game that anyone wishing to play for the first XV must attend training, even if injured.

The next game at Wallsend is Blyth’s last before taking on Stockton at home in the league.