Blyth’s record score

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A FEW seasons ago Blyth RFC broke the Durham and Northumberland division three scoring record by beating Hartlepool Athletic 177-0.

On a blistering hot afternoon on Saturday they shattered the division two record by thrashing bottom club Yarm 161-0.

This season Blyth’s Plessey Road ground is not the place to come if faint hearted or under strength, and Yarm were certainly the latter.

Playing with only 14 due to injuries and unavailability, they were never in with a chance and it was only in the closing stages of the match that they managed to get into the Blyth 22.

The visitors scrum-half and No. 8 did their best to hold things together but they were swept away by a green and black tide as Blyth ran in an amazing 25 tries.

As a contest the game was over after 20 minutes, by which time Blyth led 35-0.

By half-time that lead had stretched to 75-0, and Blyth continued to pile on the pressure in the second half.

To their credit the Yarm team kept going to the bitter end; and to Blyth’s, apart from one brief moment, there was no triumphalism or mickey-taking.

No fewer than 12 Blyth players got onto the score sheet, there were six individual hat-tricks and the Sutherland brothers had a profitable afternoon scoring 66 points between them.

Tries – scrum-half Tony Smithson (4), fly-half Andy Sutherland (3), right wing Andy Barker (3), left wing Oliver Clark (3), centre Graeme Sutherland (3), substitute full-back Chir Grey (3), and one each for full-back Steve Hall, centre James Bostock, second row Wayne Dobson, prop forward Michael Barber, wing forward Steve Long and wing forward Dean Langdown. Andy Sutherland kicked 14 conversions and brother Graeme four.

On Saturday Blyth are away to North Shields with a 3pm kick-off.