Blyth work hard to beat bottom side Gateshead

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Blyth were given a tough game by Gateshead on Saturday as they had to work for the win against the bottom of the table side.

Gateshead proved they are a match better side than there league position suggests as they opened the scoring early on.

Gateshead charged down a clearance kick and reacted first to a bouncing ball to score the first converted try after only five minutes.

Conceding the first score is becoming a habit for Blyth, which needs addressing quickly.

From the kick-off Gateshead conceded a penalty but the kick from Jarvis drifted wide.

The home side eventually got on the scoreboard when a series of forward drives resulted in another penalty which was kicked to the corner, and from the lineout the ball was moved to Chris Grey to score. Sutherland added the conversion.

A rampaging run by Nick Fraser set up Sutherland to score and convert to give Blyth the lead 14-7 at half-time.

Early in the second half a period of pressure from Blyth was rewarded when Grey fielded a clearance kick and ran back fully 50 metres through Gateshead’s defence before feeding Jarvis to score. Sutherland added the conversion.

Forward pressure against forced Gateshead on to the back foot and it was no surprise when Barber crashed over for the bonus point try, but this time the conversion hit both posts.

At this point Blyth were well on top, but the expected scores did not materialise, indeed against the run of play Gateshead scored a consolation try to leave the final score 26-14 to the home side.

Next week Blyth travel to third placed Durham City, who are playing well, and another hard game is expected. Kick-off is 2pm.