Blyth’s winning run ended by Gateshead

Blyth’s three game winning streak came to an end at Gateshead on Saturday as the home side took the contest 17-8.

The match had been postponed the previous week due to a waterlogged pitch, and while it was still a little bit muddy it was fine for a running game.

The first 15 minutes saw both sides testing each other but neither could convert pressure into points.

Blyth had a couple of good chances with both lineout and scrum improving as the game went on. Twice they decided not to kick penalties but go for territory and a scrum.

As it turned out it was Gateshead who scored first.

A well struck penalty in the 26th minute.

Blyth then lost their prop Fraser with an injured lower back, replaced by Stu Browne.

The visitors again placed pressure on the home side and were rewarded with a penalty converted by Jarvis.

Blyth then replaced No. 8 Davie with Conner Rodgerson and Chris Grey came on for Ollie Clark.

From the kick-off Gateshead were able to charge down the defending kick and scored an uncoverted try to give them an 8-3 half-time.

In the second half, Gateshead played with purpose and were well organised.

They took their chances and scored three penalties to put them clear at 17-3.

All Blyth could hope for with the clock ticking was a bonus point for a seven-point difference.

Then in the last minute Owen Jarvis took a quick penalty and managed to weave through the home defence finding Steven Long for him to score.

The conversion would have given Blyth the bonus point but against the wind and the distance proved too difficult.

Next week Blyth need to get back to winning ways with Durham City the visitors to Plessey Road.