ALTHOUGH Belle Vue Park was heavy underfoot it was perfectly playable and with the lightest of breezes conditions were virtually ideal as Blyth RFC took on Consett RFC.
Sadly Blyth, although short of a number of players in the back division, produced an uncharacteristically inept performance against a fiery Consett side.
The match was virtually decided in the opening 15 minutes with a defensive kick being charged down for a score and then a big overlap allowing the speedy home right winger to go over, and with both tries being converted Consett led 14-0.
Blyth centre Graeme Sutherland replied with a long distance penalty but two further tries, with one converted, aided by missed tackles from Blyth, left Consett with a 29-3 half-time lead.
Blyth tightened things up in the second half and coach Kev Barratt brought on Karl Rose for injured Craig Turnbull at second row and Steve Long for Nick Fraser also at second row, but the visitors rarely threatened the Consett try line.
Two late tries and a conversion brought the final score to 41-3, a win well earned and well deserved.
Blyth battled to the end but apart from a few solid individual performances the team as a whole failed to turn up – but at least defeat was accepted gracefully.
The win allows Consett to leapfrog over Blyth, who now drop to fifth place in the league.
Consett’s tries were scored by John Astbury (3) Steve Walls, Lloyd Perch, and Steve Pendleton while Tom Conner kicked four conversions and a penalty.
On Saturday Blyth face second placed Guisborough at Plessey Road, kick-off 3pm.