Deputies win derby meeting with the Vets

Blyth RFC Vets put the pressure on the Seghill RFC Deputies defence.
Blyth RFC Vets put the pressure on the Seghill RFC Deputies defence.

THERE was due to be two matches at Seghill’s Welfare Park on Saturday, but the first team’s league match against Hartlepool Athletic was called off.

But there was still an entertaining match for the spectators to enjoy, with Blyth Vets the visitors to face the Deputies in a local derby.

Blyth’s Stephen Hall missed two early penalties but was successful with his third to give the visitors a deserved lead.

But after dominating the opening period of play, Blyth made their first error. A fine tackle by George Hall saw the ball spilled, Kevin Shanks was first to react, picking the ball up and making a penetrating run down the centre before off-loading to Phil Russell for the game’s opening try. Gary Miller added the conversion.

Blyth were straight back on the offensive and forced Seghill into conceding another penalty. The home side where then ordered back ten metres for protesting, and when Hall received a quick pass he dived in under the posts before stepping up to add the conversion to regain the lead for Blyth.

As both sides looked for the next break through, Hogg chipped a loose ball forward. He won the chase for the ball, and although tackled, his strength and momentum carried him over the line and ensured Seghill took the lead into the break.

Seghill made use of their substitutes, making several changes during the interval as they looked to increase their advantage, but it was Blyth who retook the lead with another penalty from Hall.

Seghill hit straight back with a second try for Hogg, and then when a super run by Dan Avis was stopped just in front of the posts, Davie Norris was following up and dived over to score. Jake Armstrong added both conversions.

Russell increased Seghill’s lead with his second try after a powerful run down the wing from inside his own half after some flowing cross-field passing. Armstrong again adding the conversion.

Blyth hoped to regain the advantage when Seghill were reduced to 14 men when Andy Avis was sin binned, and although they did reduce the deficit with a Simon Yeo try, Russell’s third try with the final play of the game ensured Seghill ran out winners.